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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 ?
At first it was suppressed by one of the Plantagenet kings of England.
De Vac had grown old in the service of the kings of England, but he hated all things English and all Englishmen.
Still, it must be so, for Chaka's whisper was as the shout of other kings, and, if we dared to disobey, then our lives and the lives of all in our kraals would answer for it.
The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing, and said: 'Yes, dear father, your will shall be done,' and thereupon the king shut his eyes, and died.
Chaucer used this kind of verse, but because King James used it too, and used it so well, it came to be called the Rhyme Royal.
The Nome King was in an angry mood, and at such times he was very disagreeable.
It has been seen, by the account we have endeavored to give of it, that the entree of King Louis XIV.
This king was a leper, and all his doctors had been unable to cure him, when a very clever physician came to his court.
Once upon a time there was a King and his Queen in their kingdom.
The King is into Finsbury Field Marching in battle 'ray, And after follows bold Robin Hood, And all his yeomen gay.
Sire," said Athos, "this is not a moment for recrimination, but a time to show yourself a king and a gentleman.
The king had, in point of fact, entered Melun with the intention of merely passing through the city.