Definition of Kingpin

1. Noun. The most important person in a group or undertaking.

Exact synonyms: Bigwig, Top Banana
Generic synonyms: Important Person, Influential Person, Personage



2. Noun. Bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle.
Exact synonyms: Kingbolt, Swivel Pin
Generic synonyms: Bolt

3. Noun. The front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins.
Exact synonyms: Headpin
Generic synonyms: Bowling Pin, Pin

Definition of Kingpin

1. Noun. (context: motorized vehicles) The axis around which steered wheels pivot; a bolt that holds the axis in placeā€”a kingbolt. ¹

2. Noun. (context: ten pin bowling) The pin at the centre of the triangle of bowling pins (originally the tallest pin in kayles). Sometimes also the headpin at the apex. ¹

3. Noun. The most important person in an undertaking or organization. ¹

4. Noun. The bolt holding together the truck of a roller skate or skateboard. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kingpin

1. a central bolt connecting an axle to a vehicle [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kingpin

kingless
kinglet
kinglets
kinglier
kingliest
kinglihood
kinglike
kingliness
kinglinesses
kingling
kinglings
kingly
kingmaker
kingmakers
kingmaking
kingpin (current term)
kingpins
kingpost
kingposts
kingric
kings
kings' ransoms
kings of six
kings of spades
kings of the doos
kings of the hill
kingship
kingships
kingside
kingsides

Literary usage of Kingpin

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1. Apollo's Warriors: United States Air Force Special Operations During the by Michael E. Haas (1998)
"Lt Gen Donald V. Bennett Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, 24 hours prior to launch of Operation kingpin We are going to rescue 70 American prisoners ..."

2. The Meigs Railway: The Reason for Its Departures from the Ordinary Practice by Joe Vincent Meigs (1887)
"... and there lipped, rotating around a centre at the kingpin, and sliding in a broad channel, sliding as they revolve under a holding- down lip, ..."

3. National Drug Control Strategy (1994): Reclaiming Our Communities from Drugs by DIANE Publishing Company (1994)
"The kingpin and enterprise strategies direct a coordinated attack on the major ... Increasingly sophisticated in their operations, kingpin organizations are ..."

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