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Definition of "kinglet" []

  • Any of several small, grayish North American birds of the genus Regulus, having a yellowish or reddish patch on the crown of the head. (noun)
  • A king ruling a kingdom considered small or unimportant. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kinglet" in a sentence
  • "For the kinglet was a small boy with a long, freckled face, blue eyes, a pug nose, and black hair banged across his forehead, and hanging in lank, straight locks far down over his shoulders."
  • "Among the birds enumerated by Kuhn and others as representing the storm-cloud are likewise the wren or "kinglet" (French roitelet); the owl, sacred to Athene; the cuckoo, stork, and sparrow; and the red-breasted robin, whose name Robert was originally an epithet of the lightning-god Thor."
  • ""Our kinglet is a hard master," said he, with a sigh, "and I really wish some one would get up a revolution and dethrone him."