WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
king•ly  (kinglē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -li•er, -li•est, adv. 
  1. Governmentstately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king;
    regal:He strode into the room with a kingly air.
  2. Governmentpertaining or proper to a king:kingly power.
  3. Governmenthaving the rank of king.
  4. Governmentconsisting of kings or others of royal rank:kingly personages.

  1. Governmentin the manner of a king;
kingli•ness, n. 
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; see king, -ly
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged princely, sovereign, majestic, august, magnificent, exalted, grand.
      Kingly, regal, royal refer to that which is closely associated with a king, or is suitable for one. What is
      kingly may either belong to a king, or be befitting, worthy of, or like a king:a kingly presence, appearance, graciousness.Regal is esp. applied to the office of kingship or the outward manifestations of grandeur and majesty:regal authority, bearing, splendor, munificence.Royal is applied esp. to what pertains to or is associated with the person of a monarch:the royal family, word, robes, salute; a royal residence.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lowly.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
king /kɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta male sovereign who usually has inherited the position from his parents:the king of Sweden.[used as a title]King Henry VIII ruled England in the 16th century.
  2. a person or thing best in its class:The king of the jungle is supposed to be the lion.
  3. Gamesa playing card with a picture of a king.
  4. Chessthe chief chess piece of each color, whose capture is the object of the game.
  5. Chessa checker piece that has been moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, thus allowing it to be moved in any direction.
king•ly, adj.,  -li•er, -li•est, adv. 
king•ship, n. [uncountable]]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
king  (king),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta male sovereign or monarch;
    a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.
  2. Religion(cap.) God or Christ.
  3. a person or thing preeminent in its class:a king of actors.
  4. Gamesa playing card bearing a picture of a king.
  5. Chessthe chief piece of each color, whose checkmating is the object of the game;
    moved one square at a time in any direction.
  6. Chessa piece that has been moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, thus allowing it to be moved in any direction.
  7. Insects[Entomol.]a fertile male termite.
  8. Telecommunicationsa word formerly used in communications to represent the letter K.

  1. Governmentto make a king of;
    cause to be or become a king;
  2. Informal Termsto design or make (a product) king-size:The tobacco company is going to king its cigarettes.

  1. Governmentto reign as king.
  2. king it, to play the king;
    behave in an imperious or pretentious manner:He kinged it over all the other kids on the block.

  1. Informal Termsking-size.
kingless, adj. 
kingless•ness, n. 
kinglike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English cyng, cyni(n)g; cognate with German König, Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Swedish konung, Danish konge. See kin, -ing3

King  (king),USA pronunciation n. 
    Billie Jean (Mof•fitt)  (mofit),USA pronunciation born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
  1. BiographicalClarence, 1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
  2. BiographicalErnest Joseph, 1878–1956, U.S. naval officer.
  3. BiographicalMartin Luther, Jr., 1929–68, U.S. Baptist minister: civil-rights leader; Nobel peace prize 1964.
  4. BiographicalRichard, 1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
  5. BiographicalRiley B. ("B.B.''), born 1925, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
  6. BiographicalRufus, 1755–1827, U.S. political leader and statesman.
  7. BiographicalStephen, born 1947, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
  8. BiographicalWilliam Lyon Mackenzie, 1874–1950, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48.
William Rufus De•Vane  (də vān),USA pronunciation 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.

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kingly /ˈkɪŋlɪ/ adj ( -lier, -liest)
  1. appropriate to a king; majestic
  2. royal
  1. poetic or archaic in a manner appropriate to a king

ˈkingliness n

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