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king

noun [C] uk   us   /kɪŋ/

king noun [C] (MALE RULER)

A2 (the title of) a male ruler of a country, who holds this position because of his royal birth: King Richard II the kings and queens of England
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king noun [C] (MOST IMPORTANT)

C1 the most important, best, or most respected member of a group of animals, things, or people: The lion is often called the king of the jungle. He's the new king of pop music.

king noun [C] (GAMES)

In the game of chess, the king is the most important piece on the board. It can move one square in any direction. a card with a picture of a king on it, used in games: the king of hearts

king

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /kɪŋ/
used as part of the name of something that is larger than the ordinary type: king prawns a king penguin
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