[ king-ship ]
/ ˈkɪŋ ʃɪp /


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

Origin of kingship

First recorded in 1275–1325, kingship is from the Middle English word kingscip. See king, -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kingship


/ (ˈkɪŋʃɪp) /


the position or authority of a king
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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