from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports The innermost or central pin in an arrangement of bowling pins.
- n. Sports See headpin.
- n. The most important person or element in an enterprise or system.
- n. See kingbolt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The axis around which steered wheels pivot; a bolt that holds the axis in place—a kingbolt.
- n. The pin at the centre of the triangle of bowling pins (originally the tallest pin in kayles). Sometimes also the headpin at the apex.
- n. The most important person in an undertaking or organization.
- n. The bolt holding together the truck of a roller skate or skateboard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the most important person in a group or undertaking
- n. bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
- n. the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins
Now it reminds me of a Jamie Oliver episode: Google, the Internet search kingpin, is conducting a huge search of its own: It is scouring the world for a pair of executive chefs.
Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
John Leland visits the set of Ridley Scott's American Gangster, "based on the real-life heroin kingpin Frank Lucas [Denzel Washington] and the detective-turned-prosecutor Richie Roberts [Russell Crowe]," and contemplates the evolution of the genre: "In a nation of immigrants, the movies pit audience sympathy for the new immigrant against fear of the unassimilated ethnic clan.
Mr. Chavez, who denies ties to the guerillas, has warned that Washington plans to use Mr. Makled, described as a "kingpin among kingpins" by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, to attack his administration.
The Major Narcotics Trafficking Statute, also known as the kingpin law and passed in October, carries the highest penalty for a drug conviction, with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
One never hears about the kingpin of the fried chicken racket, and the patriarch of an old family of brewers is never referred to as a kingpin.
Duck was, to listen to the agents and to read the indictment, the key player, the so-called kingpin.
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN, METRO TRAILER: The Kingpin lock, basically, attaches underneath to trailer, to the kingpin, which is what attaches to the inside of the trailer.
Chodo Contague, often called the kingpin, is the grand master of organized crime in TunFaire.
The proposed law carries a maximum sentence of 20 to 25 years in prison with stiffer penalties for so-called "kingpin" traffickers.