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Topic: CARDS

Language: Old English
Origin: cyning

king

noun
     
king W1 [countable]
1

ruler

a man who rules a country because he is from a royal family [↪ queen]
king of
Henry VIII, King of England
On 2 December Henry VI was crowned king (=made the king at an official ceremony).
2

the best

the king of something

someone or something that people think is the most important or best of a particular type of person or thing:
the King of Rock 'n' Roll
the king of Swiss cheeses
3

successful

if you live like a king, feel like a king etc, you are very successful, happy, rich etc:
With her at my side, I felt like a king.
4

chess

the most important piece in chess
5

cards

DGC a playing card with a picture of a king on it
6

important

be king

if something is king at a particular time, it has a big influence on people:
back in the days when jazz was king
7

a king's ransom

a very large amount of money
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