a state or government having a king or queen as its head.
anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: the kingdom of thought.
a realm or province of nature, especially one of the three broad divisions of natural objects: the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.
Biology. a taxonomic category of the second highest rank, just below domain: in a traditional five-kingdom classification scheme, separate kingdoms are assigned to animals (Animalia), plants (Plantae), fungi (Fungi), protozoa and eukaryotic algae (Protista), and bacteria (Monera).
the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.
- un·der·king·dom, noun
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How to use kingdom in a sentence
Sports, too, were an important part of the kingdoms of the Catskills.
His father had read him stories, like King Arthur, epics of kingdoms won and lost.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General | Tim Teeman | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Amid the Iron Islands—perhaps non-ferric metals are scarce in the Seven Kingdoms?Game of Thrones’ Ep. 6, ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’: The Riveting Trial of Tyrion Lannister | Andrew Romano | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They wear white cloaks, a symbol of their office, a sort of Secret Service for the Seven Kingdoms.
Two earlier kingdoms dating back to 1745 collapsed due to outside pressure and internal divisions created by succession quarrels.With Prince Muqrin’s Appointment, Saudi Succession Crisis Looms | Bruce Riedel | February 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor is there anyone of that order who talks of going back to those kingdoms without the most urgent reason making it necessary.
Its culture in these kingdoms as well as by their colonies brought to the crown enormous revenues.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called the lady of kingdoms.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
What were invasions and armies—what were kings and kingdoms—to the slightest wish of the being who had written this billet?
By his death the connection between the kingdoms of England and Denmark was severed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for kingdom
a territory, state, people, or community ruled or reigned over by a king or queen
any of the three groups into which natural objects may be divided: the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms
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 Animalia: See also domain (def. 12)
theol the eternal sovereignty of God
an area of activity, esp mental activity, considered as being the province of something specified: the kingdom of the mind
- kingdomless, adjective
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Scientific definitions for kingdom
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.
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Cultural definitions for 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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