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  1. the state, office, or dignity of a king.
  2. rule by a king; monarchy.
  3. aptitude for kingly duties.
  4. (initial capital letter) a title used in referring to a king: Majesty (preceded by His or Your).
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Origin of kingship

First recorded in 1275–1325, kingship is from the Middle English word kingscip. See king, -ship
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Historical Examples

  • He was obsessed by the idea of the dignity, almost the divinity—of kingship.

    The Historical Nights' Entertainment

    Rafael Sabatini

  • King Hans lost more than money by it, for he lost the kingship of Sweden.

  • It was a little difficult to make out how she really felt about me and my kingship.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • This kingship of mind over matter may be a hard law but it is the law.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon

  • And on his shoulder was the cross of kingship, and that was shining too.

British Dictionary definitions for kingship


  1. the position or authority of a king
  2. the skill or practice of ruling as a king
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Word Origin and History for kingship


early 14c., from king + -ship.

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