1. A male sovereign.
a. One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere: "In many countries, soccer is the king of sports" (Cameron W. Barr).
b. A man chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event: a homecoming king.
a. Abbr. K A playing card bearing the figure of a king, ranking above a queen.
b. Abbr. K The principal chess piece, which can move one square in any direction and must be protected against checkmate.
c. A piece in checkers that has been moved to the last row on the opponent's side of the board and been crowned, thus becoming free to move both forward and backward.
4. Kings(used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
5. A king-size bed.
1. Principal or chief, as in size or importance.
2. Of or relating to a king-size bed: king sheets; a king bed skirt.
tr.v. kinged, king·ing, kings
To make (a piece in checkers) into a king; crown.
[Middle English, from Old English cyning; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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