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King appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • The king would sing, about a ring that would go ding.
  • King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb.
    A thousand thistles King Thistle stuck in the thistle of his thumb.
    If King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb,
    How many thistles did King Thistle stick in the thistle of his thumb?

King appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub. (63 letters)
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King appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "P.U.: erase L.A. shoe king, Nike--oh, sales are up!?!"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun king:

spoken English18.43%written English81.57%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun king:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun king and its most common antonym:


King is sometimes a misspelling of knife.

The word king is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun king

What does king mean as a name of something?

King is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in written English.

noun - plural:

  • king: kings
  • King: -

  1. a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
  2. a competitor who holds a preeminent position
  3. a very wealthy or powerful businessman
  4. preeminence in a particular category or group or field
    • example: the lion is the king of beasts
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: distinction / eminence / note / preeminence = high status importance owing to marked superiority
  5. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)
  6. 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
  7. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
  8. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

Alternative definition of the noun king


  1. a male monarch; member of a royal family who is the supreme ruler of his nation
  2. a powerful or influential person
  3. something that has a preeminent position.
  4. [chess] the principal playing piece in chess or variations of chess
  5. a playing card with the image of a king on it


  1. King a.k.a. Jeremy Irons: Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many London theatre productions including The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Godspell, Richard II and Embers. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.
  2. King a.k.a. Akkineni Nagarjuna: Nagarjuna Akkineni is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films. He has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South. He received critical reception for his performance in biographical and historical films.
  3. King a.k.a. Bobby Van was a musical actor, best known for his career on Broadway in the 1950s and 1970s. He was also a game show host.
  4. King is an actor.
  5. King is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Abe King, Amy King, Ann King, Ash King, Ben King, Bob King, Dan King, Doc King, Don King, Eva King and many others.


King is a dog actor.

Phrases with King

Phrases starting with the word King:

  1. King's
  2. King Hit
  3. king nut
  4. King crab
  5. king fern
  6. King Jird
  7. king john
  8. king lear
  9. King Pair
  10. king post
  11. king rail
  12. King tide
  13. king-size

Phrases ending with the word King:

  1. F--King
  2. Erl-King
  3. god-king
  4. sea king
  5. sun king
  6. Drag king
  7. high king

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for King

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Google previewThe Magician's Land (2014)

A Novel by Lev Grossman

The Magician King is a triumphant sequel.” — “[The Magician King] is The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes. It's dazzling and devil-may-care.... Grossman has created a rare, strange, and scintillating novel.

Google previewThe Writing of Gods (2006)

The Evolution of Divine Classifiers in the Old Kingdom by Racheli Shalomi-Hen

The dead king is the signified of ntr " the first term to be written with the falcon on the standard as a classifier. The living king is the signified of ntr 'god' in the official titles hry ssti n mdw ntr 'privy to the secret of the god's word/secretary of the sacred...

Google previewCopper Plate Photogravure (2015)

Demystifying the Process by David Morrish, Marlene MacCallum

King is a photographer, photohistorian, and alternative process printer. King is the author of El impresionismo fotográfico en España: Una historia de la técnica y de la estética de la fotografía pictorialista, trans. José Luis Gil Aristu, in Archivos ...

Google previewKingdom Come (2006)

by Tim Green

Bob King is a self-made billionaire who parlayed a rusty backhoe into the 27th spot on Forbes list.

Google previewThe Jewish Study Bible (2014)

Second Edition by Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler

16Alas for you, O land whose king is a lackey and whose ministers dine in the morning! 17Happy are you, O land whose king is a master and whose ministers dine at the proper time— with restraint, not with guzzling! 18 Through slothfulness ...

Google previewNelson's Foundational Bible Dictionary with the New King James Version Bible (2014)

by Katherine Harris

After the Lord NKJV New King James Version KJV King James Version lb., lbs. pound, pounds NRSV New Revised Standard Version REB Revised English Bible v., vv. verse, verses 2 ABBREVIATIONS.

Google previewFast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat [2 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat by Andrew F. Smith

launched several Insta-Burger King outlets in Miami beginning in 1954. Unlike most of the other fast food entrepreneurs who had limited education, Edgerton and McLamore both ...

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Small photo of AUSTIN - CIRCA APRIL 2016: The Martin Luther King Jr. statue is a prominent feature on the east mall at the University of Texas at Austin.Small photo of cavalier king charles spaniel dog portraitSmall photo of WASHINGTON, DC, USA - MARCH 11, 2017: The Martin Luther King Jr Monument stands inside the MLK JR Memorial park in Washington, DC.Small photo of King in tudor costume sitting on his throne holding his scepterSmall photo of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting, 1 year old, isolated on whiteSmall photo of INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - CIRCA JUNE, 2017: food served on a tray at Burger King. Burger King is an American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants.Small photo of dog Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, running, playing, holding a stick in the muzzle More...

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Quotes about King

The whole world is in revolt. Soon there will be only five Kings left--the King of England, the King of Spades, The King of Clubs, the King of Hearts, and the King of Diamonds. (King Farouk of Egypt)
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Scrabble value of K5I1N1G2

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of KING

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