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 officer found a man dancing while at the corner of the intersection at 2nd Street E. and Broadway Street N. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 21," 20 Feb. 2021 The Prospect Pantry is at the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Library hosts Writers Center Stage Series: Around The Town," 19 Feb. 2021 Plans for a self-storage facility as part of a $45 million to $50 million modernization of the shopping center at the northwest corner of 75th Street and Naper Boulevard will proceed as planned. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville council OKs traffic safety changes, shopping center upgrades, Naper Settlement plans," 19 Feb. 2021 Dobbin Station, at the corner of Dobbin Road and Old Dobbin Lane, is home to Petco, Party City and La-Z-Boy Furniture, while neighboring Columbia Crossing II houses REI, Ashley Furniture World and Mattress Warehouse of Columbia. baltimoresun.com, "Guide to Howard County 2021: Shopping," 19 Feb. 2021 One of my fugitives is at the corner of 1st and Main. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Hero of 1986 FBI shootout on how incident reshaped law enforcement," 19 Feb. 2021 According to police, the officers identified themselves as police officers while trying to detain suspect Lugo at the corner of Castro and 21st streets. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. officer stabbed with razor blade during arrest," 18 Feb. 2021 The other is Ascend Mass at the corner of Washington and Cross streets in West Newton. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Newton marijuana store seeks end to appointment-only rule, as nearby competition grows," 17 Feb. 2021 Co-owned by Mamba Hamissi and Nadia Nijimbere, refugees from Burundi, Africa, the restaurant is on Woodward at the corner of Grand Boulevard in Detroit's New Center neighborhood. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Baobab Fare now open with select dinner seatings, here's how to get a seat," 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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 The witness ran after the suspect and was able to corner him, police say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Good Samaritan chases down thief, gets purse back for 80-year-old victim," 16 Dec. 2020 The classic right-wing account of monopolies — companies that corner a market and quickly raise prices — is useless here. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The worst argument against breaking up Facebook," 14 Dec. 2020 Most alarmingly, in India some of the rich have become super-rich by using their heft to crush smaller competitors and thus corner multiple chunks of the economy. The Economist, "Compounding inequality India’s super-rich are getting much richer," 5 Dec. 2020 As if all those Italian options weren’t enough, Ray’s has decided to corner the market on comfort food by opening The Korner Burgers & Kabobs next door to the pizzeria. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Ray’s Pizzaria restaurant makes a giant pie that’s one of San Antonio’s best pizza values," 4 Dec. 2020 Phillips' ability to corner and flatten at the apex of his rush is impressive given his size and will aid his ability to be successful in the NFL. John Owning, Dallas News, "Three-round mock draft: How Cowboys can fill some roster needs, still get best players available," 18 Nov. 2020 But some qualities make the Hoosiers corner an unlikely but effective edge-rusher. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: Tiawan Mullen adds to his list of skills," 4 Nov. 2020 Could Chichikov be Napoleon, who has somehow escaped from Elba and sneaked into Russia to corner the market on dead souls? Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 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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Last Updated

26 Feb 2021

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“Corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corner. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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