Definitions of king

  1. United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (chess) the weakest but the most important chessman Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a competitor who holds a preeminent position Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. United States Baptist minister and charismatic civil rights leader who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the lion is the king of beasts" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A playing card having the picture of a king; as, the king of diamonds. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The chief piece in the game of chess. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A crowned man in the game of draughts. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The title of two historical books in the Old Testament. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A male sovereign or ruler; in chess, cards, etc., a piece or card representing a king. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. The chief ruler of a nation: a monarch: a card having the picture of a king: the most important piece in chess:-fem. QUEEN. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. KINGLESS, KINGLIKE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. A monarch; sovereign. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. The sovereign male ruler of a kingdom; a leader; chief; head. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The chief ruler or sovereign of a nation; the monarch; the chief; a card having the picture of a king; the chief piece in the game of chess. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To supply with a king or to make royal. King at arms, an officer whose business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and to have the jurisdiction of armory. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. The ruler of a nation; a sovereign. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. "a chief ruler, one invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe or country." --Webster. In the Bible the word does not necessarily imply great power or great extent of country. Many persons are called kings whom we should rather call chiefs or leaders. The word is applied in the Bible to God as the sovereign and ruler of the universe, and to Christ the Son of God as the head and governor of the Church. The Hebrews were ruled by a king during a period of about 500 years previous to the destruction of Jerusalem, B.C. 586. The immediate occasion of the substitution of a regal form of government for that of judges seems to have been the siege of Jabesh-gilead by Nahash king of the Ammonites. ( 1 Samuel 11:1 ; 12:12 ) The conviction seems to have forced itself on the Israelites that they could not resist their formidable neighbor unless they placed themselves under the sway of a king, like surrounding nations. The original idea of a Hebrew King was twofold: first, that he should lead the people to battle in time of war; and, a second, that he should execute judgment and justice to them in war and in peace. ( 1 Samuel 8:20 ) In both respects the desired end was attained. Besides being commander-in-chief of the army, supreme judge, and absolute master, as it were, of the lives of his subjects, the king exercised the power of imposing taxes on them, and of exacting from them personal service and labor. In addition to these earthly powers, the king of Israel had a more awful claim to respect and obedience. He was the vicegerent of Jehovah, ( 1 Samuel 10:1 ; 16:13 ) and as it were his son, if just and holy. ( 2 Samuel 7:14 ; Psalms 2:6 Psalms 2:7 ; Psalms 89:26 Psalms 89:27 ) he had been set apart as a consecrated ruler. Upon his dead had been poured the holy anointing oil, which had hitherto been reserved exclusively for the priests of Jehovah. He had become, in fact, emphatically "the Lords anointed." He had a court of Oriental magnificence. The king was dressed in royal robes, ( 1 Kings 22:10 ; 2 Chronicles 18:9 ) his insignia were, a crown or diadem of pure gold, or perhaps radiant with precious gems, ( 2 Samuel 1:10 ; 12:30 ; 2 Kings 11:12 ; Psalms 21:3 ) and a royal sceptre. Those who approached him did him obeisance, bowing down and touching the ground with their foreheads, ( 1 Samuel 24:8 ; 2 Samuel 19:24 ) and this was done even by a kings wife, the mother of Solomon. ( 1 Kings 1:16 ) His officers and subjects called themselves his servants or slaves. He had a large harem, which was guarded by eunuchs. The law of succession to the throne is somewhat obscure, but it seems most probable that the king during his lifetime named his successor. At the same time, if no partiality for a favorite wife or son intervened, there would always be a natural bias of affection in favor of the eldest son. biblestudytools.com
  31. is in Scripture very generally used to denote one invested with authority, whether extensive or limited. There were thirty-one kings in Canaan ( Joshua 12:9 Joshua 12:24 ), whom Joshua subdued. Adonibezek subdued seventy kings ( Judges 1:7 ). In the New Testament the Roman emperor is spoken of as a king ( 1 Peter 2:13 1 Peter 2:17 ); and Herod Antipas, who was only a tetrarch, is also called a king ( Matthew 14:9 ; Mark 6:22 ). This title is applied to God ( 1 Timothy 1:17 ), and to Christ, the Son of God ( 1 Timothy 6:15 1 Timothy 6:16 ; Matthew 27:11 ). The people of God are also called "kings" ( Daniel 7:22 Daniel 7:27 ; Matthew 19:28 ; Revelation 1:6 , etc.). Death is called the "king of terrors" ( Job 18:14 ). Jehovah was the sole King of the Jewish nation ( 1 Samuel 8:7 ; Isaiah 33:22 ). But there came a time in the history of that people when a king was demanded, that they might be like other nations ( 1 Samuel 8:5 ). The prophet Samuel remonstrated with them, but the people cried out, "Nay, but we will have a king over us." The misconduct of Samuel's sons was the immediate cause of this demand. The Hebrew kings did not rule in their own right, nor in name of the people who had chosen them, but partly as servants and partly as representatives of Jehovah, the true King of Israel ( 1 Samuel 10:1 ). The limits of the king's power were prescribed ( 1 Samuel 10:25 ). The officers of his court were, (1) the recorder or remembrancer ( 2 Samuel 8:16 ; 1 Kings 4:3 ); (2) the scribe ( 2 Samuel 8:17 ; 20:25 ); (3) the officer over the house, the chief steward ( Isaiah 22:15 ); (4) the "king's friend," a confidential companion ( 1 Kings 4:5 ); (5) the keeper of the wardrobe ( 2 Kings 22:14 ); (6) captain of the bodyguard ( 2 Samuel 20:23 ); (7) officers over the king's treasures, etc. ( 1 Chronicles 27:25-31 ); (8) commander-in-chief of the army ( 1 Chronicles 27:34 ); (9) the royal counsellor ( 1 Chronicles 27:32 ; 2 Sam 16:20-23 ). (For catalogue of kings of Israel and Judah see chronological table in Appendix.) biblestudytools.com
  32. king, n. the chief ruler of a nation: a monarch: a playing-card having the picture of a king: the most important piece in chess: a crowned man in draughts: one who is pre-eminent among his fellows:--fem. QUEEN.--v.t. to play king.--ns. KING'-AT-ARMS, or KING'-OF-ARMS, a chief officer of the Heralds' Colleges, whose designations are, for England, Norroy, Clarencieux, and Garter; for Scotland, Lyon; and for Ireland, Ulster; KING'-BIRD, an American tyrant fly-catcher; KING'CRAB, the chief or largest of the crab genus, most common in the Molucca Islands; KING'CRAFT, the art of governing, mostly in a bad sense; KING'CUP, the buttercup or upright meadow crowfoot; KING'DOM, the state or attributes of a king: the territory of a king: government: a region: one of the three grand divisions of Natural History, as the animal, vegetable, or mineral.--adj. KING'DOMED (Shak.), endowed with kingly power, proud.--ns. KING'FISHER, a bird with very brilliant plumage, feeding on fish, the halcyon; KING'HOOD, kingship: kingliness.--adj. KING'LESS.--ns. KING'LET, KING'LING, a little or petty king: the golden-crested wren.--ns. KING'LIHOOD, KING'LINESS.--adj. KING'-LIKE.--adj. KING'LY, belonging or suitable to a king: royal: noble--also adv.--ns. KING'-MAK'ER, one who has the creating of kings in his power; KING'POST, a perpendicular beam in the frame of a roof rising from the tie-beam to the ridge; KING'S'-CUSH'ION, a seat formed by two people's hands; KING'S'-[=E]'VIL, a scrofulous disease or evil formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of the king; KING'SHIP, the state, office, or dignity of a king; KING'S'-HOOD, the second stomach of a ruminant, sometimes humorously for the human stomach; KING'S'-SPEAR, a plant of the genus Asphodel; KING'S'-YELL'OW, arsenic trisulphide or orpiment; KING'-VUL'TURE, a large tropical brilliantly-coloured American vulture; KING'WOOD, a beautiful Brazilian wood--also Violet-wood.--KING CHARLES SPANIEL (see SPANIEL); KING LOG, a do-nothing king, as opp. to KING STORK, one who devours his frog-subjects--from Æsop's fable; KING MOB, the vulgar multitude; KING OF BEASTS, the lion; KING OF METALS, gold; KING OF TERRORS, death; KING OF THE FOREST, the oak; KING'S BENCH, the bench or seat of the king: one of the high courts of law, so called because the king used to sit there, called Queen's Bench during a queen's reign; KING'S COUNSEL an honorary rank of barristers; KING'S EVIDENCE, a criminal allowed to become a witness against an accomplice.--KINGDOM COME (slang), the state after death.--THREE KINGS OF COLOGNE, the three Wise Men of the East, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. [A.S. cyning--cyn, a tribe, with suffix -kin; cog. with kin.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Male sovereign (esp. hereditary) ruler of independent state; K. of kk., God, (also) title assumed by many Eastern kk.; K. Charles\'s SPANIEL; K.\'s Bench, COUNSEL, English, Evidence, Highway; K. of the Castle, child\'s game; great merchant &c., as fur, railway, -k.; k. of beasts, birds, lion, eagle; best kind (of fruits, plants, &c.); (Chess) piece that has to be protected from checkmate, k.\'s bishop, knight, rook, (placed on k.\'s side of board at beginning); (Cards) card bearing representation of k., & usu. ranking next below ace; k.-bird, kind of bird of paradise, (also) American tyrant flycatcher; k.-bolt, main or large bolt; k.-crab, large arthropodous animal with horseshoe shaped carapace; k.-craft, skilful exercise of royalty; k.-cup, buttercup, (also) marsh marigold; kingfisher, small bird with long cleft beak& brilliant plumage, feeding on fish it captures by diving; k.-maker, one who sets up kk., esp. Earl of Warwick in reign of Henry VI; K.-of- Arms, any of three chief heralds of College of Arms; k.-post, upright post from roof-ridge to tie-beam; k.\'s evil, scrofula, formerly held to be curable by k.\'s touch. Hence kingless, kinglike, kingly, aa., kingliness, kingship (1), nn. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. Act the king, govern, esp. k. it; make (person) a king. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A sovereign; a monarch; a playing card having the picture of a king the chief piece in the game of chess;— pl. The title of two books in the Old Testament. Cabinet Dictionary

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