kingdom

A kingdom is a territory or group of people ruled by the same monarch. You probably know the story of the prince who searched the kingdom to find the girl who left her glass slipper at the ball.

A kingdom is a place — either literal or imagined — where someone or something reigns. A queen rules over her kingdom, which is land and the people who live on it, while a certain pop singer has a kingdom of young fans. In "the kingdom of the mind," creativity and imagination — not kings or queens — rule. In biology, a kingdom is a grouping of like organisms. For example, a dog is a member of the animal kingdom.

Definitions of kingdom
  1. noun
    the domain ruled by a king or queen
    synonyms: realm
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    Numidia
    an ancient kingdom (later a Roman province) in North Africa in an area corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria
    type of:
    demesne, domain, land
    territory over which rule or control is exercised
  2. noun
    a country with a king as head of state
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    Israel
    an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
    type of:
    country, land, state
    the territory occupied by a nation
  3. noun
    a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state
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    monarchy
    an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
  4. noun
    a domain in which something is dominant
    “the untroubled kingdom of reason”
    synonyms: land, realm
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    lotus land, lotusland
    an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
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    area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    a particular environment or walk of life
  5. noun
    a basic group of natural objects
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    mineral kingdom
    all inorganic objects; contrasts with animal and plant kingdoms
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  6. noun
    the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia
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    Animalia, animal kingdom, kingdom Animalia
    taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
    Monera, Prokayotae, kingdom Monera, kingdom Prokaryotae
    prokaryotic bacteria and blue-green algae and various primitive pathogens; because of lack of consensus on how to divide the organisms into phyla informal names are used for the major divisions
    Protoctista, kingdom Protoctista
    in most modern classifications, replacement for the Protista; includes: Protozoa; Euglenophyta; Chlorophyta; Cryptophyta; Heterokontophyta; Rhodophyta; unicellular protists and their descendant multicellular organisms: regarded as distinct from plants and animals
    Plantae, kingdom Plantae, plant kingdom
    (botany) the taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct plants
    Fungi, fungus kingdom, kingdom Fungi
    the taxonomic kingdom including yeast, molds, smuts, mushrooms, and toadstools; distinct from the green plants
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    taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
    animal or plant group having natural relations
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