What is the difference between kingmaker and king?

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King is a derived term of kingmaker.

As nouns the difference between kingmaker and king

is that kingmaker is someone who has strong influence over the choice of a leader while king is a male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.

As a verb king is

to crown king, to make (a person) king.

As a proper noun King is

the title of a king.

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(en noun)
  • Someone who has strong influence over the choice of a leader.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 23 , author=Angelique Chrisafis , title=French election: Marine Le Pen voters grapple with their role as kingmakers , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=Alain, who is proud of choosing the extreme right but still didn't want his real name printed, is one of the 6.4 million Le Pen voters who are now the kingmakers in deciding who becomes the next president of France. If the Socialist François Hollande topped the poll, beating the rightwing president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and gaining momentum for returning the left to the presidency for the first time in a generation, it is Le Pen whose high showing and third place now holds the election in the balance.}}

    Usage notes

    * Mostly used for people with powerful influence in choosing a candidate for public representation.


    * Kingmaker , Answer.com



    (wikipedia king)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), .

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (archaic), (l) (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • 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.
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  • *
  • *:"I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came"
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The truth is that [Isaac] Newton was very much a product of his time. The colossus of science was not the first king of reason, Keynes wrote after reading Newton’s unpublished manuscripts. Instead “he was the last of the magicians”.}}
  • Something that has a preeminent position.
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  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=June 3, author=Nathan Rabin, title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)
  • , passage=It would be difficult, for example, to imagine a bigger, more obvious subject for comedy than the laughable self-delusion of washed-up celebrities, especially if the washed-up celebrity in question is Adam West, a camp icon who can go toe to toe with William Shatner as the king of winking self-parody.}}
  • 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.
  • A king skin.
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  • A male dragonfly; a drake.
  • Coordinate terms
    * (monarch) emperor, empress, maharajah, prince, princess, queen, regent, royalty, viceroy * (playing card) ace, jack, joker, queen
    Derived terms
    * dragonking * King Billy * king cake * king of the hill * kingdom * kingly * kingmaker * kingmanship * King's English * king's ransom * Kingston * priest-king
    See also
    * *


    (en verb)
  • To crown king, to make (a person) king.
  • * 1982 , South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Review , Volume 47, page 16,
  • The kinging of Macbeth is the business of the first part of the play .
  • * 2008 , William Shakespeare, A. R. Braunmuller (editor), Macbeth , Introduction, page 24,
  • One narrative is the kinging and unkinging of Macbeth; the other narrative is the attack on Banquo's line and that line's eventual accession and supposed Jacobean survival through Malcolm's successful counter-attack on Macbeth.
  • To rule over as king.
  • * (William Shakespeare), , Act 2, Scene 4,
  • And let us do it with no show of fear; / No, with no more than if we heard that England / Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance; / For, my good liege, she is so idly king’d , / Her sceptre so fantastically borne / By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, / That fear attends her not.
  • To perform the duties of a king.
  • * 1918 , Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, The Railroad Trainman , Volume 35, page 675,
  • He had to do all his kinging after supper, which left him no time for roystering with the nobility and certain others.
  • * 2001 , Chip R. Bell, Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning , page 6,
  • Second, Mentor (the old man) combined the wisdom of experience with the sensitivity of a fawn in his attempts to convey kinging skills to young Telemachus.
  • To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
  • * 1917 , Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself , page 32,
  • The seating arrangement of the temple was the Almanach de Gotha of Congregation Emanu-el. Old Ben Reitman, patriarch among the Jewish settlers of Winnebago, who had come over an immigrant youth, and who now owned hundreds of rich farm acres, besides houses, mills and banks, kinged it from the front seat of the center section.
  • To promote a piece of draughts/checkers that has traversed the board to the opposite side, that piece subsequently being permitted to move backwards as well as forwards.
  • * 1957 , Bertram Vivian Bowden (editor), Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines , page 302,
  • If the machine does this, it will lose only one point, and as it is not looking far enough ahead, it cannot see that it has not prevented its opponent from kinging but only postponed the evil day.
  • * 1986 , Rick DeMarinis, The Burning Women of Far Cry , page 100,
  • I was about to make a move that would corner a piece that she was trying to get kinged , but I slid my checker back.
  • To dress and perform as a drag king.
  • * 2008 , Audrey Yue, King Victoria: Asian Drag Kings, Postcolonial Female Masculinity, and Hybrid Sexuality in Australia'', in Fran Martin, Peter Jackson, Audrey Yue, Mark McLelland (editors), ''AsiaPacifQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities , page 266,
  • Through the ex-centric diaspora, kinging in postcolonial Australia has become a site of critical hybridity where diasporic female masculinities have emerged through the contestations of "home" and "host" cultures.

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (Chinese musical instrument)
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