Billie Jean (Moffitt)
[mof-it] /ˈmɒf ɪt/ (Show IPA), born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
Clarence, 1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
Coretta Scott [kaw-ret-uh] /kɔˈrɛt ə/ (Show IPA), 1927–2006, U.S. civil rights leader (widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Ernest Joseph, 1878–1956, U.S. naval officer.
Martin Luther, Jr. 1929–68, U.S. Baptist minister: civil-rights leader; Nobel Peace Prize 1964.
Maxine (“Micki”) born 1944, U.S. springboard diver.
Richard, 1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
Riley B (“B.B”) born 1925, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
Rufus, 1755–1827, U.S. political leader and statesman.
Stephen, born 1947, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
William Lyon Mackenzie, 1874–1950, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48.
William Rufus DeVane
[duh-veyn] /dəˈveɪn/ (Show IPA), 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.
a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarch related adjectives royal regal monarchical

a ruler or chief: king of the fairies
(in combination): the pirate king

a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
(as modifier): a king bull

any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any direction See also check (sense 30), checkmate
(draughts) a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
king of kings

a title of any of various oriental monarchs

verb (transitive)
to make (someone) a king
king it, to act in a superior fashion
B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: winner of twelve Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon (1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975) and the US Open (1967, 1971–72, and 1974)
Martin Luther. 1929–68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything’s Eventual (2002)
William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874–1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)

As leon is the king of bestes. [John Gower, “Confessio Amantis,” 1390]

In Old English, used for names of chiefs of Anglian and Saxon tribes or clans, then of the states they founded. Also extended to British and Danish chiefs they fought. The chess piece so called from early 15c.; the playing card from 1560s; use in checkers/draughts first recorded 1820. Applied in nature to species deemed remarkably big or dominant (e.g. king crab, 1690s). In marketing, king-size is from 1939, originally of cigarettes.

[I]t was [Eugene] Field who haunted the declining years of Creston Clarke with his review of that actor’s Lear. … Said he, “Mr. Clarke played the King all the evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace.” [“Theatre Magazine,” January 1922]

(also kingpin) The leader; chief: king ofthe motorcycle jumpers (entry form 1382+, variant 1867+)
A prison warden (1940s+ Underworld)
A yardmaster or freight conductor (1940s+ Railroad)

In addition to the idiom beginning with king


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