English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology 1
From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning (“king”), from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz (“king”), equivalent to kin + -ing. Cognate with Scots king (“king”), North Frisian köning (“king”), West Frisian kening (“king”), Dutch koning (“king”), Low German Koning, Köning (“king”), German König (“king”), Danish konge (“king”), Swedish konung, kung (“king”), Icelandic konungur, kóngur (“king”).
- A male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.
A powerful or influential person.
1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
- "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came […] and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. […]"
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
- Something that has a preeminent position.
A component of certain games.
- The principal chess piece, that players seek to threaten with unavoidable capture to result in a victory by checkmate. It is often the tallest piece, with a symbolic crown with a cross at the top.
- A playing card with the image of a king on it.
- A checker (a piece of checkers/draughts) that reached the farthest row forward, thus becoming crowned (either by turning it upside-down, or by stacking another checker on it) and gaining more freedom of movement.
- (UK, slang) A king skin.
- A male dragonfly; a drake.
- A king-sized bed.
- (monarch): emperor, empress, maharajah, prince, princess, queen, regent, royalty, viceroy
- (playing card): ace, jack, joker, queen
- (chess pieces) chessman, chess piece, chess piece; bishop, castle/rook, king, knight, pawn, queen (Category: en:Chess) 
- (playing cards) playing card; ace, deuce, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, jack, queen, king, joker
To crown king, to make (a person) king.
- 1982, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Review, Volume 47, page 16,
- 2008, William Shakespeare, A. R. Braunmuller (editor), Macbeth, Introduction, page 24,
To rule over as king.
- c. 1599, William Shakespeare, The Life of Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 4,
- To perform the duties of a king.