corner

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noun

cor·​ner ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio)
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
: 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
: such as
a
: the area of a playing field or court near the intersection of the sideline and the goal line or baseline
b(1)
sports : any of the angles of a ring (see ring entry 1 sense 4b)
especially : the area in which a participant in a fighting contest (such as a boxing or wrestling match) rests or is worked on by the participant's 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
e(1)
: the outside of a football formation
(2)
3
a
: a private, secret, or remote place
a quiet corner of New England
sent to every corner of the earth
In every corner of [=throughout] her company, you'll find people in nontraditional positions …Kenyatta Matthews
b
: a difficult or embarrassing situation : a position from which escape or retreat is difficult or impossible
was backed into a corner
4
: control or ownership of enough of the available supply of a commodity or security especially to permit manipulation of the price
5
: a point at which significant change occurs
often used in the phrase turn the corner
cornered adjective

corner

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adjective

1
: situated at a corner
the corner drugstore
2
: used or fitted for use in or on a corner
a corner table

corner

3 of 3

verb

cornered; cornering; corners

transitive verb

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
2
: to get a corner on
corner the market

intransitive verb

1
: to meet or converge at a corner or angle
2
: to turn a corner
the car corners well
Phrases
around the corner
: at hand : imminent
good times are just around the corner

Examples of corner in a Sentence

Noun the corner of a box A post marks the corner of the property. Write your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page. He caught the ball in the corner of the end zone. the northeast corner of the state We sat at a table in a corner of the room. The hotel is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. A group of teenagers were hanging around on the corner. He went to the grocery store around the corner from the bank. He said something out of the corner of his mouth to the person standing next to him. Adjective We ate in a corner booth at the restaurant. Verb Police cornered the suspect in a backyard. A cornered animal can be dangerous. He cornered the actress and demanded her autograph. The interviewer cornered the politician with some probing questions. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In addition to quality ingredients and fresh-flowing ideas, Lloyd says social media has been an enormous boon for turning Magnolia from a corner bakery into a global mainstay. Cheyann Harris, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 True enjoyment comes in the corners, where the car is delightfully poised. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Drivers headed across the Missouri River on Wednesday should plan for delays as crews prepare for the blast planned for Thursday to bring down the north arch of the Buck O’Neil Bridge in the northwest corner of downtown Kansas City. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Your love illuminates every corner of my heart, filling it with warmth and joy. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Fortunately, Presidents Day is around the corner, and retailers like Amazon are treating shoppers to impressive early savings on luggage — starting with the Samsonite Aspire DLX 2-Piece Luggage Set. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 Bitcoin's historical halving that's expected to cause crypto price chaos is just around the corner! Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 His face remains stony as his eyes dart from one corner to the other. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2024 In one corner of the chapel, a sloping tunnel leads down to the hidden burial chamber. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024
Adjective
But the Suns are first in corner 3 accuracy overall this season by shooting at a 43.3% clip from that area of the floor, and are 13th at 36% on all their non-corner 3s. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2023 Wide receivers and tight ends will run crossing routes instead of wheel routes, and running backs will run option routes instead of corner and post-corner routes. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Because Candiace has inexplicably chosen historic Williamsburg as the location of season 6's first group trip, so these women are going to be left entirely to their own devices to drum up any entertainment that doesn't come in the form of a tri-corner hat. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Most of his damage was done inside the paint (8 of 11) and from non-corner 3-point range (5 of 6). Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2022 An earlier version of the fourplex legislation would have also applied to non-corner properties within a half mile of Muni, Caltrain or BART transit stops. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 That stereotype may soon be going the way of Boston baked beans and tri-corner hats. Steve Leblanc, Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 Mid-corner bumps upset the chassis, and there's more body roll than expected. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 8 July 2020
Verb
Xero has cornered a large portion of the market with barefoot shoes, and their natural-fit trail running shoes are no exception. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 In the first movie, serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Dourif) is wounded and cornered by police in a toy store. Dustin Nelson, EW.com, 30 Oct. 2023 One high-speed pursuit through the winding streets and over the wrecked rooftops of a seaside Greek town later, the agent corners his prey and realizes he and his team have been compromised. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 And yet, lax competition law has allowed companies to consolidate, cornering their markets. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2024 No matter how the trends change, certain closet staples never go out of style, and there’s one retailer that has cornered this market effortlessly: Madewell. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 13 Jan. 2024 The next milestones are sure to garner more ambitious developments as the Swede aims to corner the $300 billion sleep market. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 12 Jan. 2024 Two of the mice had gotten cornered somewhere in the vestibule. Jesse Ball, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Agents acted quickly and cornered the driver with weapons drawn. Samuel Schaffer, Washington Examiner, 17 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French corner, corniere, from Old French corn "horn, angle, corner" (going back to Latin cornum, cornū "horn") or corne "horn, angle" (going back to Latin cornua, plural—taken as singular—of cornū) + -er, -iere -er entry 2 — more at horn

Adjective

attributive use of corner entry 1

Verb

derivative of corner entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of corner was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near corner

Cite this Entry

“Corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corner. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

corner

1 of 3 noun
cor·​ner ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio)
1
a
: the point or place where edges or sides meet : angle
b
: the place where two streets or roads meet
c
: a piece designed to form, mark, or protect a corner
2
: a place far away from ordinary affairs or life
a quiet corner of the town
3
: a position from which escape or retreat is difficult or impossible
was backed into a corner
4
: control or ownership of enough of the available supply of something to control its price
cornered adjective

corner

2 of 3 adjective
1
: situated at a corner
the corner drugstore
2
: used or fitted for use in or on a corner
a corner cupboard

corner

3 of 3 verb
cornered; cornering
ˈkȯ(r)n-(ə-)riŋ
1
: to drive into a corner
the police cornered the criminal
2
: to get a corner on
corner the wheat market
3
: to turn a corner
a car that corners well

Medical Definition

corner

noun
cor·​ner ˈkȯ(r)-nər How to pronounce corner (audio)

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