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From Middle English kingdom, kyngdom, from Old English cyningdōm, equivalent to king +‎ -dom. Cognate with Scots kingdom, West Frisian keuningdom, Dutch koningdom, German Königtum, Danish kongedømme, Swedish kungadöme, Icelandic konungdómur.


kingdom ‎(plural kingdoms)

  1. A realm having a king and/or queen as its actual or nominal sovereign.
  2. A realm, region, or conceptual space where something is dominant.
    the kingdom of thought, the kingdom of the dead
  3. (taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below domain and above phylum; a taxon at that rank (e.g. the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom).


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