- A male ruler of a country, who holds the position either by birth, by election, or by conquest.
- A male monarch of a kingdom.
Old english cyng, of germanic origin; related to dutch koning and german könig.
- The king will be giving a speech today.
- The king of the country is the head of state.
- King Henry VIII was the king of England from 1509 to 1547.
- The king of the jungle is the lion.
- He is the king of the chessboard.