Definitions for: King


[n] (chess) the weakest but the most important chessman
[n] one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
[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
[n] a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron"
[n]
[n] a competitor who holds a preeminent position
[n] United States Baptist minister and charismatic civil rights leader who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
[n] United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
[n] United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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
Kin.]
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.
Choate.

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
Testament.

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
squinado}).

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
albus}).

King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also {yellow
orpiment}.

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
feeding.

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.


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.

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

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