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Meaning of “king” in the English Dictionary

"king" in British English

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kingnoun [C]

uk   us   /kɪŋ/
  • king noun [C] (MALE RULER)

A2 (the ​title of) a ​maleruler of a ​country, who ​holds this ​position because of his ​royalbirth: King Richard II the kings and ​queens of ​England

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  • king noun [C] (GAMES)

In the ​game of chess, the king is the most ​importantpiece 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

kingadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /kɪŋ/
(Definition of king from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"king" in American English

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kingnoun [C]

 us   /kɪŋ/
a man who ​rules a ​country because he has been ​born into a ​family which by ​tradition or ​law has the ​right to ​rule, or the ​title given to such a man: King Philip IV of Spain A king is a ​playingpiece in the ​game of ​chess and each player’s most ​importantpiece. A king is also a ​playingcard with a ​picture of a king on it: the king of ​hearts If someone or something is called the king of an ​activity, that ​person is the ​best or the most ​important in that ​activity: He was baseball’s ​homerun king.
(Definition of king from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"king" in Business English

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kingnoun [C]

uk   us   /kɪŋ/
a ​person, ​company, or ​organization that is ​thought to be the best or most ​successful: It is widely considered to be king of the ​supermarketchains.
sb/sth is king used to say that someone or something is the most important ​part of something or has the most ​influence: In ​mergers and acquisitions, cash is king. They all ​followed the ​principle that the ​customer is king. Media ​executives are fond of saying that content is king.
(Definition of king from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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