king NOUN 1) the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by birth. 2) the best or most important person or thing in a sphere or group. 3) a playing card bearing a representation of a king, ranking next below an ace. 4) the most important chess piece, which the opponent has to checkmate in order to win. 5) a piece in draughts with extra capacity for moving, made by crowning an ordinary piece that has reached the opponent's baseline.
DERIVATIVES kingly adjective kingship noun.
ORIGIN Old English, related to KIN(Cf. ↑kin).

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