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noun cor·ner \ˈkȯr-nər\

Simple Definition of corner

  • : the point or area where two lines, edges, or sides of something meet

  • : the place where two streets or roads meet

  • : a curve in a road

Full Definition of corner

  1. 1 a :  the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet :  angle b :  the place of intersection of two streets or roads c :  a piece designed to form, mark, or protect a corner

  2. 2 :  the angular part or space between meeting lines, edges, or borders near the vertex of the angle <the southwest corner of the state> <the corners of the tablecloth>: as a :  the area of a playing field or court near the intersection of the sideline and the goal line or baseline b (1) :  either of the four angles of a boxing ring; especially :  the area in which a boxer rests or is worked on by his seconds during periods between rounds (2) :  a group of supporters, well-wishers, or adherents associated especially with a contestant c :  the side of home plate nearest to or farthest from a batter d :  corner kick e (1) :  the outside of a football formation (2) :  cornerback

  3. 3 a :  a private, secret, or remote place <a quiet corner of New England> <to every corner of the earth> b :  a difficult or embarrassing situation :  a position from which escape or retreat is difficult or impossible <was backed into a corner>

  4. 4 :  control or ownership of enough of the available supply of a commodity or security especially to permit manipulation of the price

  5. 5 :  a point at which significant change occurs —often used in the phrase turn the corner

cor·nered play \-nərd\ adjective
around the corner
  1. :  at hand :  imminent <good times are just around the corner>

Examples of corner

  1. the corner of a box

  2. A post marks the corner of the property.

  3. Write your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

  4. He caught the ball in the corner of the end zone.

  5. the northeast corner of the state

  6. We sat at a table in a corner of the room.

  7. The hotel is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.

  8. A group of teenagers were hanging around on the corner.

  9. He went to the grocery store around the corner from the bank.

  10. He said something out of the corner of his mouth to the person standing next to him.

Origin of corner

Middle English, from Anglo-French cornere, from corne horn

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with corner



adjective cor·ner

Simple Definition of corner

  • : located at a corner

Full Definition of corner

  1. 1 :  situated at a corner <the corner drugstore>

  2. 2 :  used or fitted for use in or on a corner <a corner table>

Examples of corner

  1. We ate in a corner booth at the restaurant.

13th Century

First Known Use of corner

13th century



verb cor·ner

Simple Definition of corner

  • : to force (a person or animal) into a place or position from which escape is very difficult or impossible

  • : to force (someone who wants to avoid you or get away from you) to stop and talk with you

  • : to get control of a particular type of product that is being bought and sold

Full Definition of corner

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to drive into a corner <the animal is dangerous when cornered> b :  to catch and hold the attention of especially to force an interview

  3. 2 :  to get a corner on <corner the market>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to meet or converge at a corner or angle

  6. 2 :  to turn a corner <the car corners well>

Examples of corner

  1. Police cornered the suspect in a backyard.

  2. A cornered animal can be dangerous.

  3. He cornered the actress and demanded her autograph.

  4. The interviewer cornered the politician with some probing questions.


First Known Use of corner


Medical Dictionary


noun cor·ner \ˈkȯ(r)-nər\

Medical Definition of corner

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