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



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


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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Griner is included on a mural on the northwest corner of the arena that celebrated Black History Month, along with teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Blanton got to know the leaders at every church, including Pastor David Nagler of Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Cass and Chalcedony streets. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 El Toro de Oro will remain in place in front of Gansevoort Meatpacking, on the corner of 9th Avenue and 13th Street, through Labor Day 2022. David Hochman, Forbes, 5 May 2022 For the second time in three days in Milwaukee, a vehicle ran a red light and crashed into another car, hitting and killing a pedestrian standing on a corner in the process. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 Smiley Martin was standing on the corner with his brother Dandrae and at least one other man, Hoye-Lucchessi. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 The four vacant parcels, totaling 1½ acres, are on the northeast corner of West Edgerton and Bennett roads, across from where York Road ends at Bennett. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 2 May 2022 He was accused of firing a gun at an acquaintance on the corner of Selma and Argyle Avenues in early November 2021 after an argument. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 2 May 2022 The arena, situated on the southeastern corner of Texas’ main campus, technically opened April 20 with a John Mayer concert, and hosted several acts (including Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber) prior to last Friday. Natalie Weiner, Billboard, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unfortunately, due to Marc and Layla arguing, Harrow catches up to them and manages to corner Marc and shoot him twice in the chest. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 Thanks to social media, capitalism doesn’t just require cornering the market on household products; powerful, unknown players can now corner the market on democracy for the right price. Lisa Bubert, Longreads, 28 Mar. 2019 According to Crunchbase, the start-up has also raised $28.5 million from institutional investors to corner the market around this new investigative technique. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 In 1996, Japanese trader Sumitomo Corp. racked up billions of dollars in losses after chief trader Yasuo Hamanaka tried to corner the copper market. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 But Amazon and Maersk can corner off the most lucrative niches in logistics, particularly e-commerce fulfillment in the world’s wealthiest countries. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 However, one Black woman has spent over 30 years helping other entrepreneurs corner the ethnic hair and beauty market. Christine Michel Carter, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 If the rematch wasn’t a hint enough, the fact that Big E made a surprise appearance to corner Kofi Kingston all but confirmed this would be a 50/50 win for Kingston. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 But rich governments will try to corner the market, said Shabir Madhi, a vaccinologist from the University of the Witwatersrand who led trials of both AstraZeneca's and Novavax's shots in South Africa. James Paton,, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of corner


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for corner


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


attributive use of corner entry 1


derivative of corner entry 1

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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



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


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


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

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