kingking /kɪŋ/ ●●●W1 noun [countable]1ruler (also King)HIGH POSITION OR RANK a man who rules a country because he is from a royalfamily → queenking ofHenry VIII, King of EnglandOn 2 December Henry VI was crowned king (=made the king at an official ceremony).2 →the king of something3successful if you live like a king, feel like a king etc, you are very successful, happy, rich etcWith her at my side, I felt like a king.4chessDGO the most importantpiece in chess5cardsDGC a playingcard with a picture of a king on it6 →be king7 →a king’s ransomCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1 : a man who rules a country because he is from a royal familyverbsbecome kingPrince Charles will become king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, dies.be crowned king (=be made king)He was crowned king upon the death of his father.depose a king formal (=remove a king from power)The Spanish king was deposed in 1931.a king rules/reigns (=is in charge of a country)How could a Christian king rule if he was banned from the Church?a king abdicates (=gives up the position of being king)It shocked the nation when the king abdicated.adjectivesthe rightful king (=the person who should be king)The Duke of Gloucester claimed that he was the rightful king.the future king (=someone who will later be king)She married the future king of France, Philip Augustus.phrasesallegiance/loyalty to a king (=being faithful to the king)They were fighting out of loyalty to their king.a king’s subjects (=the people he rules)The new laws were very unpopular with the king’s subjects.
THESAURUSking the maleruler of a country, who comes from a royal familyGeorge III was the king of England at that time.King Harald V of Norwayqueen a woman who rules a country because she is from a royal family, or the wife of a kingShe became queen when she was only 14 years old.Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdommonarch a king or queenThe bishops were appointed by the monarch.monarchy a country that is ruled by a king or queen, or this type of politicalsystemBritain is a constitutional monarchy. Some people want the monarchy to be abolished.prince the son of a king, queen, or prince, or the male ruler of a small country or statePrince Rainier of MonacoThe prince will inherit the throne when his father dies.ruler someone such as a king, who has officialpower over a country and its peoplethe ruler of BabyloniaGeneral Musharraf was the former military ruler of Pakistan.emperor the ruler of an empire (=group of countries)the Habsburg emperors of the 19th centuryEmperor Hirohitosovereign formal a king or queenIt was hoped that a meeting of the two sovereigns would ease tensions between the countries.regent someone who governs instead of a king or queen, because the king or queen is ill, absent, or still a childEdward II left his friend Gaveston as regent.the crown formal the position of king or queenWarwick was a loyal servant of the crown.
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king• King Juan Carlos of Spain• a portrait of KingGeorge VI• the King of Moroccocrowned king• The Prince would be crowned King in boxing's capitalcity.• The newly crowned Kingdecided something had finally to be done about the drainageproblems of Teske.• Within a few weeks they had put Pedro to flight and Henry was crowned king.King, TheThe KingKing, TheElvis presley; an informalname still used for the famoussinger, especially by people who love his musicFrom Longman Business Dictionarykingking /kɪŋ/ noun1[uncountable] if something is king, it is the most important thing and has a stronginfluence on people’s decisionsWe were convinced of the superiority of our product, but ultimatelythe customer is king and it was rejected.Mr Smith suggests thatcash is king and that readers should look to the health of a company’s cash flow.2[countable] someone who is very influential or successful in a particulararea SYN MOGULEven the supermarket kings were nervous about the recession.