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English noun: king

1. king (person) a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom


Synonymsmale monarch, Rex


Broader (hypernym)crowned head, monarch, sovereign


Narrower (hyponym)King of England, King of France, King of Great Britain, King of the Germans


Instance hyponymAhab, Akhenaten, Akhenaton, Alaric, Alfred, Alfred the Great, Amenhotep IV, Artaxerxes, Artaxerxes, Artaxerxes I, Artaxerxes II, Ashurbanipal, Assurbanipal, Asurbanipal, Athelstan, Attila, Attila the Hun, Bruce, Carl XVI Gustaf, Carl XVI Gustav, Clovis, Clovis I, Croesus, Cyrus II, Cyrus the Elder, Cyrus the Great, Darius I, Darius III, Darius the Great, David, Edmund I, Edmund II, Edmund Ironside, Edward the Elder, Edwin, Egbert, Ethelbert, Ethelred, Ethelred, Ethelred I, Ethelred II, Ethelred the Unready, Ezekias, Fahd, Fahd ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud, Faisal, Faisal ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud, Farouk I, Faruk I, Ferdinand, Ferdinand I, Ferdinand of Aragon, Ferdinand the Catholic, Ferdinand the Great, Ferdinand V, Frederick I, Frederick II, Frederick the Great, Frederick William I, Frederick William II, Frederick William III, Frederick William IV, Gaiseric, Genseric, Gilgamesh, Gordius, Gustavus, Gustavus, Gustavus, Gustavus, Gustavus, Gustavus, Gustavus Adolphus, Gustavus I, Gustavus II, Gustavus III, Gustavus IV, Gustavus V, Gustavus VI, Hammurabi, Hammurapi, Herod, Herod the Great, Hezekiah, Husain, Husayn, Hussein, ibn Talal Hussein, Ikhanaton, James, James IV, Jeroboam, Jeroboam I, Juan Carlos, Juan Carlos Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon, Kamehameha I, Kamehameha the Great, King Ferdinand, King Hussein, Leonidas, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, Macbeth, Messiah, Mithridates, Mithridates the Great, Mithridates VI, Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar II, Nebuchadrezzar, Nebuchadrezzar II, Olaf II, Olav II, Pepin, Pepin III, Pepin the Short, Philip Augustus, Philip II, Philip II, Philip II, Philip II of Macedon, Philip II of Spain, Philip of Valois, Philip V, Philip VI, Ptolemy I, Ptolemy II, Pyrrhus, Rameses, Ramesses, Ramses, Robert I, Robert the Bruce, Saint Olaf, Saint Olav, Saul, Scourge of God, Scourge of the Gods, Sennacherib, Solomon, St. Olaf, St. Olav, Tarquin, Tarquin the Proud, Tarquinius, Tarquinius Superbus, Victor Emanuel II, Victor Emanuel III, Xerxes I, Xerxes the Great


Member meronymroyal family, royal house, royal line, royalty


Antonymsfemale monarch, queen regnant, queen

2. king (person) a competitor who holds a preeminent position


Synonymsqueen, world-beater


Broader (hypernym)challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival

3. king (person) a very wealthy or powerful businessman


SamplesAn oil baron.


Synonymsbaron, big businessman, business leader, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon


Broader (hypernym)businessman, man of affairs


Narrower (hyponym)oil tycoon

4. king (state) preeminence in a particular category or group or field


SamplesThe lion is the king of beasts.


Broader (hypernym)distinction, eminence, note, preeminence

5. King (person) United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)


SynonymsBillie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt King


Instance hypernymtennis player

6. King (person) United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)


SynonymsB. B. King, Riley B King


Instance hypernymguitar player, guitarist, singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer

7. King (person) United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)


SynonymsMartin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr.


Instance hypernymcivil rights activist, civil rights leader, civil rights worker, clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend

8. king (artifact) 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


Broader (hypernym)checker, chequer


Domain categorycheckers, draughts

9. king (artifact) one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king


Broader (hypernym)court card, face card, picture card

10. king (artifact) (chess) the weakest but the most important piece


Broader (hypernym)chess piece, chessman


Domain categorychess, chess game









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