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Meaning of KING

Pronunciation:  king, king

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (chess) the weakest but the most important chessman
  2. [n]  one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
  3. [n]  (checkers) a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward
  4. [n]  a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron"
  5. [n]  
  6. [n]  a competitor who holds a preeminent position
  7. [n]  United States Baptist minister and charismatic civil rights leader who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
  8. [n]  United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
  9. [n]  United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)

KING is a 4 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: B. B. King, baron, big businessman, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt King, business leader, magnate, male monarch, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr., mogul, power, Riley B King, top executive, tycoon, world-beater
 Antonyms: female monarch, queen, queen regnant
 See Also: AElfred, Ahab, Akhenaten, Akhenaton, Alaric, Alfred, Alfred the Great, Amenhotep IV, Artaxerxes I, Artaxerxes II, Ashurbanipal, Assurbanipal, Asurbanipal, Athelstan, Attila, Bruce, businessman, Carl XVI Gustav, challenger, checker, chess piece, chessman, civil rights leader, civil rights worker, clergyman, Clovis, Clovis I, competition, competitor, contender, court card, Croesus, crowned head, Cyrus II, Cyrus the Elder, Cyrus the Great, Darius I, Darius III, Darius the Great, David, Edmund I, Edmund II, Edmund Ironside, Edward the Elder, Edwin, Egbert, Ethelbert, Ethelred, Ethelred I, Ethelred II, Ethelred the Unready, Ezekias, face card, Fahd, Fahd ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud, Faisal, Faisal ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud, Farouk I, Faruk I, Ferdinand I, Ferdinand the Catholic, Ferdinand the Great, Ferdinand V, Frederick I, Frederick II, Frederick the Great, Frederick William I, Frederick William II, Frederick William III, Frederick William Iv, Gaiseric, Genseric, Gilgamesh, Gordius, guitar player, guitarist, Gustavus, Gustavus Adolphus, Gustavus I, Gustavus II, Gustavus V, Hammurabi, Hammurapi, Herod, Herod the Great, Hezekiah, Husain, Husayn, Hussein, ibn Talal Hussein, Ikhanaton, Jeroboam, Jeroboam I, King Hussein, King of England, King of France, man of affairs, man of the cloth, Messiah, monarch, oil tycoon, picture card, reverend, rival, Robert I, Robert the Bruce, royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty, Scourge of God, Scourge of the Gods, singer, sovereign, tennis player, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \King\ (k[i^]ng), n.
    A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones
    or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame
    of wood, and struck with a hammer.
  2. \King\, n.[AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning,
    OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan.
    konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of
    E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See
    1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme
       authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by
       hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. ``Ay, every
       inch a king.'' --Shak.
             Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
             rebels from principle.                --Burke.
             There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
             But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing
             in the east                           --Thomson.
    2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank;
       a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money
       king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
    3. A playing card having the picture of a king; as, the king
       of diamonds.
    4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
    5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
    6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
    Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
          denote pre["e]minence or superiority in some
          particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
    {Apostolic king}.See {Apostolic}.
    {King-at-arms}, or {King-of-arms}, the chief heraldic officer
       of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of
       great authority. His business is to direct the heralds,
       preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of
       armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz.,
       Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally
       north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.
    {King auk} (Zo["o]l.), the little auk or sea dove.
    {King bird of paradise}. (Zo["o]l.), See {Bird of paradise}.
    {King card}, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit;
       thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the
       queen is the king card of the suit.
    {King Cole}, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have
       reigned in the third century.
    {King conch} (Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome univalve shell
       ({Cassis cameo}), found in the West Indies. It is used for
       making cameos. See {Helmet shell}, under {Helmet}.
    {King Cotton}, a popular personification of the great staple
       production of the southern United States.
    {King crab}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See {Limulus}.
       (b) The large European spider crab or thornback ({Maia
    {King crow}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A black drongo shrike ({Buchanga atra}) of India; --
           so called because, while breeding, they attack and
           drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds.
       (b) The {Dicrurus macrocercus} of India, a crested bird
           with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with
           green and blue reflections. Called also {devil bird}.
    {King duck} (Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome eider duck
       ({Somateria spectabilis}), inhabiting the arctic regions
       of both continents.
    {King eagle} (Zo["o]l.), an eagle ({Aquila heliaca}) found in
       Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the
       golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial
       eagle of Rome.
    {King hake} (Zo["o]l.), an American hake ({Phycis regius}),
       fond in deep water along the Atlantic coast.
    {King monkey} (Zo["o]l.), an African monkey ({Colobus
       polycomus}), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
    {King mullet} (Zo["o]l.), a West Indian red mullet ({Upeneus
       maculatus}); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
       Called also {goldfish}.
    {King of terrors}, death.
    {King parrakeet} (Zo["o]l.), a handsome Australian parrakeet
       ({Platycercys scapulatus}), often kept in a cage. Its
       prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings
       bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.
    {King penguin} (Zo["o]l.), any large species of penguin of
       the genus {Aptenodytes}; esp., {A. longirostris}, of the
       Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and {A. Patagonica},
       of Patagonia.
    {King rail} (Zo["o]l.), a small American rail ({Rallus
       elegans}), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts
       are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep
       cinnamon color.
    {King salmon} (Zo["o]l.), the quinnat. See {Quinnat}.
    {King's, or Queen's}, {counsel} (Eng. Law), barristers
       learned in the law, who have been called within the bar,
       and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They
       answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue
       (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be
       employed against the crown without special license.
       --Wharton's Law Dict.
    {King's cushion}, a temporary seat made by two persons
       crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
    {The king's English}, correct or current language of good
       speakers; pure English. --Shak.
    {King's or Queen's}, {evidence}, testimony in favor of the
       Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an
       accomplice. See under {Evidence}. [Eng.]
    {King's evil}, scrofula; -- so called because formerly
       supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.
    {King snake} (Zo["o]l.), a large, nearly black, harmless
       snake ({Ophiobolus getulus}) of the Southern United
       States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds
       of snakes, including even the rattlesnake.
    {King's spear} (Bot.), the white asphodel ({Asphodelus
    {King's yellow}, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
       sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also {yellow
    {King tody} (Zo["o]l.), a small fly-catching bird
       ({Eurylaimus serilophus}) of tropical America. The head is
       adorned with a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which
       is bright red, edged with black.
    {King vulture} (Zo["o]l.), a large species of vulture
       ({Sarcorhamphus papa}), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay,
       The general color is white. The wings and tail are black,
       and the naked carunculated head and the neck are
       briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue.
       So called because it drives away other vultures while
    {King wood}, a wood from Brazil, called also {violet wood},
       beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and
       small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of
       {Dalbergia}. See {Jacaranda}.
  3. \King\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Kinged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Kinging}). ]
    To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to
    royalty. [R.] --Shak.
          Those traitorous captains of Israel who kinged
          themselves by slaying their masters and reigning in
          their stead.                             --South.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a king in your dream means much success and prestige to be headed your way. It is symbolic of power and control. Dreaming that you are the king, suggests that you will rise above your problems and adversities. Alternatively, it is an expression of your masculine power.
Easton Bible Dictionary

is in Scripture very generally used to denote one invested with authority, whether extensive or limited. There were thirty-one kings in Canaan (Josh. 12:9, 24), whom Joshua subdued. Adonibezek subdued seventy kings (Judg. 1:7). In the New Testament the Roman emperor is spoken of as a king (1 Pet. 2:13, 17); and Herod Antipas, who was only a tetrarch, is also called a king (Matt. 14:9; Mark 6:22).

This title is applied to God (1 Tim. 1:17), and to Christ, the Son of God (1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Matt. 27:11). The people of God are also called "kings" (Dan. 7:22, 27; Matt. 19:28; Rev. 1:6, etc.). Death is called the "king of terrors" (Job 18:14).

Jehovah was the sole King of the Jewish nation (1 Sam. 8:7; Isa. 33:22). But there came a time in the history of that people when a king was demanded, that they might be like other nations (1 Sam. 8:5). The prophet Samuel remonstrated with them, but the people cried out, "Nay, but we will have a king over us." The misconduct of Samuel's sons was the immediate cause of this demand.

The Hebrew kings did not rule in their own right, nor in name of the people who had chosen them, but partly as servants and partly as representatives of Jehovah, the true King of Israel (1 Sam. 10:1). The limits of the king's power were prescribed (1 Sam. 10:25). The officers of his court were, (1) the recorder or remembrancer (2 Sam. 8:16; 1 Kings 4:3); (2) the scribe (2 Sam. 8:17; 20:25); (3) the officer over the house, the chief steward (Isa. 22:15); (4) the "king's friend," a confidential companion (1 Kings 4:5); (5) the keeper of the wardrobe (2 Kings 22:14); (6) captain of the bodyguard (2 Sam. 20:23); (7) officers over the king's treasures, etc. (1 Chr. 27:25-31); (8) commander-in-chief of the army (1 Chr. 27:34); (9) the royal counsellor (1 Chr. 27:32; 2 Sam. 16:20-23).

(For catalogue of kings of Israel and Judah see chronological table in Appendix.)

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