kingdom

[king-duh m]
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noun
  1. a state or government having a king or queen as its head.
  2. anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: the kingdom of thought.
  3. a realm or province of nature, especially one of the three broad divisions of natural objects: the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.
  4. Biology. a taxonomic category of the highest rank, grouping together all forms of life having certain fundamental characteristics in common: in the five-kingdom classification scheme adopted by many biologists, separate kingdoms are assigned to animals (Animalia), plants (Plantae), fungi (Fungi), protozoa and eucaryotic algae (Protista), and bacteria and blue-green algae (Monera).
  5. the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
  6. the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.

Origin of kingdom

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cyningdōm. See king, -dom
Related formsun·der·king·dom, noun

Synonyms for kingdom

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1. Kingdom, monarchy, realm refer to the state or domain ruled by a king or queen. A kingdom is a governmental unit ruled by a king or queen: the kingdom of Norway. A monarchy is primarily a form of government in which a single person is sovereign; it is also the type of power exercised by the monarch: This kingdom is not an absolute monarchy. A realm is the domain, including the subjects, over which the king has jurisdiction; figuratively, a sphere of power or influence: the laws of the realm. 2. dominion, empire, domain.
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Contemporary Examples of kingdom

  • But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.

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    In Defense of Blasphemy

    Michael Tomasky

    January 9, 2015

  • The young Jordanian pilot comes from a well-known military family in the kingdom and his uncle is a retired major general.

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    Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

    Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey

    December 24, 2014

  • King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”

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    What Would Jane Eyre Sext?

    Jennie Yabroff

    December 23, 2014

  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley Lear gave away his kingdom.

  • They see it as being in the tradition of their grandfather, Abdul Aziz, the great warrior of the desert who created the Kingdom.

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    Saudi Prince Joins ISIS Bombing Run

    Tom Sykes

    September 25, 2014

Historical Examples of kingdom


British Dictionary definitions for kingdom

kingdom

noun
  1. a territory, state, people, or community ruled or reigned over by a king or queen
  2. any of the three groups into which natural objects may be divided: the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms
  3. biology any of the major categories into which living organisms of the domain Eukarya are classified. Modern systems recognize four kingdoms: Protoctista (algae, protozoans, etc), Fungi, Plantae, and AnimaliaSee also domain (def. 12)
  4. theol the eternal sovereignty of God
  5. an area of activity, esp mental activity, considered as being the province of something specifiedthe kingdom of the mind
Derived Formskingdomless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kingdom
n.

Old English cyningdom; see king + -dom. Cognate with Old Saxon kuningdom, Middle Dutch koninghdom, Old Norse konungdomr. The usual Old English word was cynedom; Middle English also had kingrick (for second element, see Reichstag). Meaning "one of the realms of nature" is from 1690s. Kingdom-come "the next world" (1785) is from the Lord's Prayer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

kingdom in Science

kingdom

[kĭngdəm]
  1. The highest classification into which living organisms are grouped in Linnean taxonomy, ranking above a phylum. One widely accepted system of classification divides life into five kingdoms: prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. See Table at taxonomy.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

kingdom in Culture

kingdom

In biology, the largest of the divisions of living things. The best-known kingdoms are those of the plants and animals. Modern biologists recognize three additional kingdoms: Monera (or Prokaryotae) (for example, bacteria and blue-green algae), Protoctista (for example, red algae, slime molds, and amoebas and other protozoa), and fungi. (See Linnean classification.)

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