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1. A male sovereign.
a. One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere: "In many countries, soccer is the king of sports" (Cameron W. Barr).
b. A man chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event: a homecoming king.
3. Games
a. Abbr. K A playing card bearing the figure of a king, ranking above a queen.
b. Abbr. K The principal chess piece, which can move one square in any direction and must be protected against checkmate.
c. A piece in checkers that has been moved to the last row on the opponent's side of the board and been crowned, thus becoming free to move both forward and backward.
4. Kings(used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
5. A king-size bed.
1. Principal or chief, as in size or importance.
2. Of or relating to a king-size bed: king sheets; a king bed skirt.
tr.v. kinged, king·ing, kings Games
To make (a piece in checkers) into a king; crown.

[Middle English, from Old English cyning; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Bible) (functioning as singular) Old Testament (in versions based on the Hebrew, including the Authorized Version) either of the two books called I and II Kings recounting the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel



n. (used with a sing. v.)
either of two books of the Bible, I Kings or II Kings, which contain the history of the kings of Israel and Judah.
References in classic literature ?
Prior to the Revolution there is a dearth of records; the earlier documents and archives of the Custom-House having, probably, been carried off to Halifax, when all the king's officials accompanied the British army in its flight from Boston.
Now it chanced that shortly after Chaka had spoken thus, my sister Baleka, the king's wife, fell in labour; and on that same day my wife Macropha was brought to bed of twins, and this but eight days after my second wife, Anadi, had given birth to a son.
WHEN they had gone a little way through the thick forest they came to a wide, clear space; and they saw the King's palace which was made of mud.
As soon as he was told of the king's illness he put on his best robe and presented himself before the king.
Because she was so beautiful, however, the King's heart was touched, and he was seized with a great love for her.
Down along one end were pitched gaily colored tents for the different bands of King's archers.
Yes, sire, and one wounded man; so that three of the king's Musketeers--one of whom was wounded--and a youth not only maintained their ground against five of the most terrible of the cardinal's Guardsmen, but absolutely brought four of them to earth.
Let one of us put on the dress and mount the king's horse.
Fortunately, Louise was so bent in her reverential salute, that she did not catch either Madame's words or the king's smile.
Then the king's son wished for one, and she immediately stood before him, and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her.
Like Calypso, who could not be consoled at the departure of Ulysses, our Gascon could not console himself for not having guessed why Aramis had asked Percerin to show him the king's new costumes.
On either side of the way great crowds of town and country folk stood packed as close together as dried herring in a box, so that the Sheriffs men, halberds in hands, could hardly press them back to leave space for the King's riding.