corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio) \

Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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) : cornerback
3a : 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
around the corner
: at hand : imminent good times are just around the corner

corner

adjective

Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

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

corner

verb
cornered; cornering; corners

Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from corner

Noun

cornered \ ˈkȯr-​nərd How to pronounce corner (audio) \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The southeast corner of Pennsylvania, almost all of Maryland, parts of Delaware and New Jersey, and a few areas in New York. Cincinnati.com, "Brood X cicadas map: Where you will find them in 2021," 6 May 2021 Less handsy is the curry goat, but the bone-in hunks will slide right off in your mouth, leaving you to pull clean-stripped shards for deposit on your side plate (or the corner of your takeaway box). Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Rite Season Jamerican Cuisines brings subtle fusion, complex flavor to Sanford | Review," 6 May 2021 On Monday shortly after midnight, another shooting brought Los Angeles police to a strip mall parking lot at the corner of Crenshaw and Washington boulevards, where two men were found dead in what could be linked to gang violence, Lopez said. Los Angeles Times, "Weekend shootings, other violence leave 6 dead, several injured in L.A. County," 3 May 2021 The outside cornerback will get extra help from either a nickel corner or the free safety over the top, who will cheat and move down into coverage. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals have a new secret weapon in WR Rondale Moore, who could force defenses to change," 2 May 2021 The Lions also thought about trading up for this big, athletic corner, whose brother was a second-round pick in 2017, but is now out of the league. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the Detroit Lions’ 2021 NFL draft class: Here's what the rookies will bring," 2 May 2021 The 6-foot, 205-pound corner went 175th overall, in the fifth round, to the New York Jets. BostonGlobe.com, "Leominster’s Noah Gray joins list of New England players taken in NFL Draft," 1 May 2021 His grandparents lived around the corner, which doubled as day care when his mom was at work as a dental hygienist. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Palo Alto's housing debate is a battle over Silicon Valley segregation," 1 May 2021 Jean-Charles played behind Tyrek Cole, a four-star corner and West Virginia signee, and Tracy Howard, a five-star prospect and Miami signee. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Miramar, Appalachian State cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles selected by Packers," 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That stereotype may soon be going the way of Boston baked beans and tri-corner hats. Steve Leblanc, Star Tribune, "'Turning point': Women of color increasingly leading Boston," 23 Feb. 2021 Mid-corner bumps upset the chassis, and there's more body roll than expected. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Cadillac CT4 450T Suffers from a Lack of Refinement," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bezos, Branson and Musk are hoping to corner a new industry that's expected to soar like, well, a rocket. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Jeff Bezos is selling tickets to board a rocket ship into space," 30 Apr. 2021 As previously mentioned, Brown reprises her Godzilla: King of the Monsters role of Madison Russell, continuing to corner the market on spunky kids chasing down grand conspiracies. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Who was the human winner of Godzilla vs. Kong? An EW investigation," 5 Apr. 2021 That proximity allowed Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon and Rutgers’ Geo Baker, who are among the leadership in the name, image and likeness campaign, to corner Virginia Tech’s Wabissa Bede and cajole him into joining their movement. New York Times, "As N.C.A.A. Tournament Ends, So Does Life in Basketball Bubble," 5 Apr. 2021 Among the other players who earned invites were running back Gary Brightwell and corner back Lorenzo Burns of Arizona. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU products Aashari Crosswell, Frank Darby get NFL combine invites," 5 Mar. 2021 As patrons and restaurant workers stood and stared, Lee turned on her camera, fearful that the man would corner her and turn violent. Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY, "Hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. Here's what activists, lawmakers and police are doing to stop the violence," 27 Feb. 2021 Unlike with deer hunting, wolf hunters and trappers can operate at night and use dogs to corner wolves. Todd Richmond, ajc, "Hunters and trappers blow past Wisconsin's wolf kill target," 24 Feb. 2021 Josh Hawley and the rest of the Senate cynics, who tried to obstruct Biden's election certification in a transparent bid to corner the market on Trumpian craziness, are complicit. Star Tribune, "A quick impeachment and trial could banish Trump from office ever again," 7 Jan. 2021 But there is one category of antitrust law that is straightforward, if proven, and that has to do with how companies and their competitors work together to corner a marketplace. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of corner

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

History and Etymology for corner

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

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

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“Corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corner. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for corner

corner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

corner

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

: located at a corner

corner

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio) \

Kids Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the point or place where edges or sides meet
2 : the place where two streets or passageways meet
3 : a position or situation that is difficult to get out of The suspect talked himself into a corner.
4 : a place away from ordinary life or business a quiet corner of the city

Other Words from corner

cornered \ -​nərd \ adjective

corner

adjective

Kids Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : located at a corner a corner store
2 : used or usable in or on a corner a corner bookcase

corner

verb
cornered; cornering

Kids Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

: to force into a place from which escape is difficult or into a difficult position “They'll never bother you unless they are wounded or cornered …”— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

corner

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

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