noun (used with a singular verb)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of king
Related Words for kingsmonarch, emperor, sultan, tycoon, overlord, magnate, baron, potentate, sovereign, majesty, mogul, kaiser, prince, czar, maharajah, caesar, rajah, mikado, caliph, rex
Examples from the Web for kings
Contemporary Examples of kings
The Three Kings invented many important Christmas traditions.
Same with the Three Kings and their gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The Kings are sending the message that this is not always the case.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
Anything beyond that is a question to talk to the Kings about, not really a question for me.The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year
October 27, 2014
The Kings are very, very savvy about building the long arc for their lead characters.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer
October 20, 2014
Historical Examples of kings
When the Kings were weak the nobles often managed to get hold of the State.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?
The presumption is that they represent the old sepulchers of the kings of Meroe.
Princes and kings are brought there every day, and they are of as good a stock as your physicians.The Imaginary Invalid
Both will be with us until our women bear nothing but kings.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
- a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
- (in combination)the pirate king
- a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
- (as modifier)a king bull
- a title of any of various oriental monarchs
Word Origin for king
biblical book, late 14c., so called because it tells the history of the kings of Judah and Israel.
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]
In addition to the idiom beginning with king
, also see
- live like a king