[ king-lit ]

  1. a king ruling over a small country or territory.

  2. any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus.

Origin of kinglet

First recorded in 1595–1605; king + -let

Words Nearby kinglet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kinglet in a sentence

  • Dr. Coues says of it: "The kinglet's exquisite vocalization defies description."

    Bird Neighbors | Neltje Blanchan
  • Hurree Babu explained the greatness and glory, in their own country, of his companions, till the drowsy kinglet smiled.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • The Ruby-crowned kinglet was piping in an evergreen tree near by, but him I had been hearing for several days.

  • If you see such a pygmy again in autumn, exploring the bare twigs, it is this kinglet.

    Citizen Bird | Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Some kinglet of this kind was duly found, and a treaty made with him.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa | R. B. Cunninghame Graham

British Dictionary definitions for kinglet


/ (ˈkɪŋlɪt) /

  1. often derogatory the king of a small or insignificant territory

  2. US and Canadian any of various small warblers of the genus Regulus, having a black-edged yellow crown: family Muscicapidae

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