Meaning of “kingdom” in the English Dictionary

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"kingdom" in British English

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kingdomnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɪŋ.dəm/ us /ˈkɪŋ.dəm/

B2 a country ruled by a king or queen:

the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

an area that is controlled by a particular person or where a particular quality is important:

the kingdom of God/Heaven
the kingdom of love

literary an area of activity:

the kingdom of the theatre
the kingdoms of the mind

C2 one of the groups that natural things can be divided into, depending on their type:

the animal/plant kingdom

More examples

  • a feudal lord/kingdom/society
  • He ruled the kingdom wisely.
  • They visited many kingdoms of the East.
  • Her kingdom stretched for thousands of miles.
  • Who is the ruler of this kingdom?

(Definition of “kingdom” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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kingdomnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɪŋ·dəm/

a country ruled by a king or queen:

She was queen of an ancient kingdom in Egypt.

biology A kingdom is also one of the groups into which natural things can be divided, depending on their type.

(Definition of “kingdom” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)