AskDefine | Define king

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1 a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom [syn: male monarch] [ant: queen, queen]
2 a competitor who holds a preeminent position [syn: queen, world-beater]
3 a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" [syn: baron, big businessman, business leader, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon]
4 preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the lion is the king of beasts"
5 United States woman tennis player (born in 1943) [syn: Billie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt King]
6 United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925) [syn: B. B. King, Riley B King]
7 United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968) [syn: Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr.]
8 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
9 one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
10 (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

User Contributed Dictionary

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Proper noun

  1. An English and Scottish surname; a nickname for someone who either acted as if he were a king or had worked in the king's household

Extensive Definition

A king is a male monarch, or a head of state, who may or may not, depending on the style of government of a nation, exercise monarchal powers over a territory, usually called a kingdom or a realm. A king is the second highest noble title, surpassed only by emperor. A female monarch is a queen regnant; the term "queen" may refer to one ruling in her own right, or the wife of the king. The husband of a queen regnant is a prince consort or a king consort. A king or queen may wear a crown or carry other regalia (symbols of office). Note that historically the term "king" has been used for the rulers of very small peoples and territories, such as Maquinna, king of perhaps 2000 Nootka people in the early 19th century.

Examples of kings

For examples of kings see the following lists:
king in Tosk Albanian: König
king in Arabic: الملك
king in Belarusian: Кароль
king in Czech: Král
king in Danish: Konge
king in German: König
king in Estonian: Kuningas
king in Esperanto: Reĝo
king in Extremaduran: Rei
king in French: Roi
king in Italian: Re germanico
king in Latin: Rex
king in Lithuanian: Karalius
king in Hungarian: Király
king in Dutch: Koning (titel)
king in Japanese: 国王
king in Norwegian: Konge
king in Norwegian Nynorsk: Konge
king in Polish: Król
king in Quechua: Qhapaq
king in Russian: Король
king in Simple English: King
king in Finnish: Kuningas
king in Swedish: Kung
king in Udmurt: Король
king in Ukrainian: Король
king in Chinese: 王

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Muslim rulers, Prinz, ace, anointed king, atheling, banker, baron, best bower, big boss, big businessman, bishop, bower, business leader, businessman, captain of industry, cards, castle, chessman, chief, chieftain, clubs, crown prince, crowned head, czar, deck, deuce, diamonds, director, dummy, dynast, electronics king, emir, emperor, enterpriser, entrepreneur, face cards, financier, flush, full house, grand duke, hand, hearts, heir apparent, heir presumptive, high chief, honcho, imperator, industrialist, jack, joker, khan, king-emperor, kinglet, knave, knez, knight, lead, leading light, left bower, little businessman, lord paramount, luminary, magnate, majesty, man, man of commerce, manager, master spirit, merchant prince, mirza, mogul, monarch, overlord, pack, pair, paramount, pawn, petty king, picture cards, piece, playing cards, potentate, prima donna, prince, prince consort, prince regent, princeling, princes of India, principal, queen, regent, rook, round, royal, royal flush, royal personage, royalty, rubber, ruff, ruler, shahzada, sheikh, sherif, singleton, sovereign, spades, star, straight, superstar, suzerain, tetrarch, top dog, top executive, trey, trick, trump, tycoon
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