WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
(king′lē),USA pronunciation adj., -li•er, -li•est, adv. adj.
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Governmentstately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king;
regal:He strode into the room with a kingly air.
- Governmentpertaining or proper to a king:kingly power.
- Governmenthaving the rank of king.
- Governmentconsisting of kings or others of royal rank:kingly personages.
- Governmentin the manner of a king;
- 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.
king /kɪŋ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
king•ly, adj., -li•er, -li•est, adv.
king•ship, n. [uncountable]]
- 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.
- a person or thing best in its class:The king of the jungle is supposed to be the lion.
- Gamesa playing card with a picture of a king.
- Chessthe chief chess piece of each color, whose capture is the object of the game.
- 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),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Religion(cap.) God or Christ.
- a person or thing preeminent in its class:a king of actors.
- Gamesa playing card bearing a picture of a king.
- Chessthe chief piece of each color, whose checkmating is the object of the game;
moved one square at a time in any direction.
- Chessa piece that has been moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, thus allowing it to be moved in any direction.
- Insects[Entomol.]a fertile male termite.
- Telecommunicationsa word formerly used in communications to represent the letter K.
- Governmentto make a king of;
cause to be or become a king;
- Informal Termsto design or make (a product) king-size:The tobacco company is going to king its cigarettes.
- Governmentto reign as king.
- king it, to play the king;
behave in an imperious or pretentious manner:He kinged it over all the other kids on the block.
- Informal Termsking-size.
(king),USA pronunciation n.
- 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
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kingly /ˈkɪŋlɪ/ adj ( -lier, -liest)
- appropriate to a king; majestic
- poetic or archaic in a manner appropriate to a king
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