The Anglo-Saxon cyng, cyning, from cyn a nation or people, and the termination —ing, meaning “of,” as “son of,” “chief of,” etc. In Anglo-Saxon times the king was elected on the Witena-gemòt, and was therefore the choice of the nation.
A king should die standing. So said Louis XVIII. of France, in imitation of Vespasian, Emperor of Rome. (See Dying Sayings Louis XVIII.)
Like a king. When Porus, the Indian prince, was taken prisoner, Alexander asked him how he expected to be treated. “Like a king,” he replied; and Alexander made him his friend.