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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 ?
There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much.
When therefore the son had been proclaimed king, and the time of mourning was over, he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father, and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage, and she was promised to him.
The King's Quair reminds us very much of Chaucer's work.
But those who ruled for him were quite pleased when they heard that Prince James had fallen in love with the beautiful lady of the garden, for she was the King's cousin, Lady Jane Beaufort.
But on this June day in the year of our Lord 1243, Henry so forgot himself as to very unjustly accuse De Montfort of treason in the presence of a number of the King's gentlemen.
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.
Fortunately, Louise was so bent in her reverential salute, that she did not catch either Madame's words or the king's smile.
As soon as he was told of the king's illness he put on his best robe and presented himself before the king.
'Now we are coming to a King's seat, and you must ask the King to keep us all winter, and to give you a little room for both of us.'
Down along one end were pitched gaily colored tents for the different bands of King's archers.
"Let one of us put on the dress and mount the king's horse.
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.