kinglet (plural kinglets)
- (chiefly pejorative) A petty king; a king ruling over a small or unimportant territory.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, I.42:
- Cæsar termeth all the Lords, which in his time had justice in France, to be Kinglets [tr. reguli], or pettie Kings.
- 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V, chapter 10, pages 160–161:
- “My son hears tales. In the viceroy’s personal entourage, one could scarcely help it. And he tells me of them. Our new viceroy would not refuse the Crown if offered, but he guards his line of retreat. There are stories that, failing Imperial heights, he plans to carve out a new Empire in the Barbarian hinterland. It is said, but I don’t vouch for this, that he has already given one of his daughters as wife to a Kinglet somewhere in the uncharted Periphery.”
- Any of several birds of the crest family Regulidae.