Origin of king

before 900; Middle English; Old English cyng, cyni(n)g; cognate with German König, Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Swedish konung, Danish konge. See kin, -ing3
Related formsking·less, adjectiveking·less·ness, nounking·like, adjectiveout·king, verb (used with object)sub·king, nounun·der·king, nounun·kinged, adjectiveun·king·like, adjective

King

[king]

noun

Billie Jean (Mof·fitt) [mof-it] /ˈmɒf ɪt/, born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
Clarence,1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
Co·ret·ta Scott [kaw-ret-uh] /kɔˈrɛt ə/, 1927–2006, U.S. civil rights leader (widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Ernest Joseph,1878–1956, U.S. naval officer.
Martin Luther, Jr.,1929–68, U.S. Baptist minister: civil-rights leader; Nobel Peace Prize 1964.
MaxineMicki, born 1944, U.S. springboard diver.
Richard,1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
Riley B.B.B., 1925–2015, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
Rufus,1755–1827, U.S. political leader and statesman.
Stephen,born 1947, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
William Lyon Mackenzie,1874–1950, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48.
William Rufus De·Vane [duh-veyn] /dəˈveɪn/, 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.

à la king

[ah luh king, al-uh]

adjective

(of cooked fowl, fish, etc.) diced and served in a cream sauce containing mushrooms, pimiento, or green pepper: chicken à la king.

Origin of à la king

First recorded in 1915–20

Oliver

[ol-uh-ver]

noun

one of the 12 paladins of Charlemagne.Compare Roland.
JosephKing, 1885?–1938, U.S. cornet player, bandleader, and composer: pioneer in jazz.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for king

Contemporary Examples of king

Historical Examples of king

  • King Henry often looked in on these matches, and did honour to the winners.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The King of course could not allow one of his subjects to outdo him in such a matter.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • It does not matter whether we recognize a king or an emperor or a president as our ruler.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • They called him a King or a prince and obeyed his orders for their own common benefit.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The greater part of these taxes, however, do not belong to the King personally.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon


British Dictionary definitions for king

king

noun

a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated adjectives: royal, regal, monarchical
  1. a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
  2. (in combination)the pirate king
  1. a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
  2. (as modifier)a king bull
any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any directionSee also check (def. 30), checkmate
draughts a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
king of kings
  1. God
  2. a title of any of various oriental monarchs

verb (tr)

to make (someone) a king
king it to act in a superior fashion
Derived Formskinghood, nounkingless, adjectivekinglike, adjective

Word Origin for king

Old English cyning; related to Old High German kunig king, Danish konge

King

noun

B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: winner of twelve Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon (1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975) and the US Open (1967, 1971–72, and 1974)
Martin Luther. 1929–68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything's Eventual (2002)
William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874–1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)

à la king

adjective

(usually postpositive) cooked in a cream sauce with mushrooms and green peppers

Oliver

noun

one of Charlemagne's 12 paladinsSee also Roland
Isaac. ?1556–1617, English portrait miniaturist, born in France: he studied under Hilliard and worked at James I's court
Jamie (Trevor). born 1975, British chef and presenter of television cookery programmes
Joseph, known as King Oliver. 1885–1938, US pioneer jazz cornetist
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Word Origin and History for king
n.

Old English cyning "king, ruler," from Proto-Germanic *kuninggaz (cf. Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Danish konge, Old Saxon and Old High German kuning, Middle High German künic, German König). Possibly related to Old English cynn "family, race" (see kin), making a king originally a "leader of the people;" or from a related root suggesting "noble birth," making a king originally "one who descended from noble birth." The sociological and ideological implications render this a topic of much debate.

Finnish kuningas "king," Old Church Slavonic kunegu "prince" (Russian knyaz, Bohemian knez), Lithuanian kunigas "clergyman" are loans from Germanic.

As leon is the king of bestes. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]

In Old English, used for names of chiefs of Anglian and Saxon tribes or clans, then of the states they founded. Also extended to British and Danish chiefs they fought. The chess piece so called from early 15c.; the playing card from 1560s; use in checkers/draughts first recorded 1820. Applied in nature to species deemed remarkably big or dominant (e.g. king crab, 1690s). In marketing, king-size is from 1939, originally of cigarettes.

[I]t was [Eugene] Field who haunted the declining years of Creston Clarke with his review of that actor's Lear. ... Said he, "Mr. Clarke played the King all the evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace." ["Theatre Magazine," January 1922]

Oliver

masc. personal name, in medieval lore the name of one of Charlemagne's peers, friend of Roland, from French Olivier, from Middle Low German Alfihar, literally "elf-host, elf-army," from alf "elf" (see elf) + hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)). Cognate with Anglo-Saxon name Ælfhere. Form influenced in Old French by olivier "olive tree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with king

king

In addition to the idiom beginning with king

, also see

  • live like a king

.

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