noun, often attributive \ˈkran\

: a decorative object that is shaped like a circle and worn on the head of a king or queen for special ceremonies

: a similar object worn by someone who is not an actual king or queen

: a ring of leaves or flowers worn on the head of someone who has won a game, contest, or award

Full Definition of CROWN

:  a reward of victory or mark of honor; especially :  the title representing the championship in a sport
:  a royal or imperial headdress or cap of sovereignty :  diadem
:  the highest part: as
a :  the topmost part of the skull or head
b :  the summit of a mountain
c :  the head of foliage of a tree or shrub
d :  the part of a hat or other headgear covering the crown of the head
e :  the part of a tooth external to the gum or an artificial substitute for this — see tooth illustration
:  a wreath, band, or circular ornament for the head
a :  something resembling a wreath or crown
b :  the knurled cap on top of a watch stem
often capitalized
a (1) :  imperial or regal power :  sovereignty
(2) :  the government under a constitutional monarchy
b :  monarch
:  something that imparts splendor, honor, or finish :  culmination
a :  any of several old gold coins with a crown as part of the device
b :  an old usually silver British coin worth five shillings
a :  koruna
b :  krona
c :  krone
d :  kroon
a :  the region of a seed plant at which stem and root merge
b :  the arching end of the shank of an anchor where the arms join it — see anchor illustration
crowned \ˈkrand\ adjective
crown·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CROWN

  1. The winner of the beauty pageant walked down the runway wearing her sparkling crown.
  2. the blessing of the Spanish crown
  3. She was appointed by the Crown.

Origin of CROWN

Middle English coroune, crowne, from Anglo-French corone, from Latin corona wreath, crown, from Greek korōnē culmination, something curved like a crow's beak, literally, crow; akin to Latin cornix crow, Greek korax raven — more at raven
First Known Use: 12th century

Related to CROWN

chaplet, coronal (also coronel), coronet, diadem
bottom, nadir, rock bottom

Other Dentistry Terms

bridge, tush



: to put a crown on (a new king, queen, etc.) : to give (someone) the power and title of a king or queen

: to officially or formally give (someone) the title or position of a champion, winner, etc.

: to end (something) in a successful and impressive way

Full Definition of CROWN

transitive verb
a :  to place a crown or wreath on the head of; specifically :  to invest with regal dignity and power
b :  to recognize officially as <they crowned her athlete of the year>
c :  to award a championship to <crown a new champion>
:  to bestow something on as a mark of honor or recompense :  adorn
:  surmount, top; especially :  to top (a checker) with a checker to make a king
:  to bring to a successful conclusion :  climax <the role that crowned her career>
:  to provide with something like a crown: as
a :  to fill so that the surface forms a crown
b :  to put an artificial crown on (a tooth)
:  to hit on the head
intransitive verb
of a forest fire :  to burn rapidly through the tops of trees
in childbirth :  to appear and begin to emerge headfirst or crown first at the vaginal opening <the baby's head crowned>

Examples of CROWN

  1. The magazine crowned her the new queen of rock-and-roll music.
  2. She crowned her long and distinguished career by designing the city's beautiful new bridge.

Origin of CROWN

Middle English corounen, from Anglo-French coroner, from Latin coronare, from corona
First Known Use: 12th century


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