king Definition

  • 1a male ruler of a country who usually inherits his position and rules for life
  • 2the most important chess piece that each player has, which can move one square in any direction

Using king: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "king" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    King Henry VIII ruled England from 1509 to 1547.

  • Example

    The king's army defeated the rebels.

  • Example

    In chess, the king is the most important piece on the board.

king Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using king

  • to live in luxury or great comfort


    After winning the lottery, he was able to live like a king.

  • king's English

    correct and formal English language usage, often associated with British royalty


    She spoke the king's English fluently and with great precision.

  • to have a brief period of great success or power


    After winning the championship, he felt like a king for a day.

Phrases with king

  • a game where players try to stay on top of a hill or other elevated area while pushing off challengers


    The kids played king of the hill on the playground.

  • king of beasts

    a nickname for the lion, often used to describe its position as the top predator in the animal kingdom


    The lion is known as the king of beasts.

  • king's ransom

    a very large amount of money or valuable items


    The painting was sold for a king's ransom at the auction.

Origins of king

from Old English 'cyning'


Summary: king in Brief

The term 'king' [kɪŋ] refers to a male ruler of a country who usually inherits his position and rules for life. It also denotes the most important chess piece. Phrases like 'king of the hill' and idioms like 'live like a king' extend the concept of kingship to games and lifestyles.

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