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
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 cornered (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 That is especially the case for a seasoned politician like Mr. Biden, who is surrounded by layers of family members, longtime friends and advisers from different corners of his political universe. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Biden Has an Edge on Trump. So Why Are Democrats Worried?," 13 May 2020 As the biggest banks scaled down operations and pulled back from riskier corners of the market in response to regulatory scrutiny, non-bank lenders like Quicken Loans Inc. and PennyMac Financial Services Inc. elbowed their way in. Michelle F Davis, Bloomberg.com, "JPMorgan Sees a Mortgage Revival After Years of Quiet Losses," 12 May 2020 The 77-year-old’s gumption has attracted the support of Michiganders from all corners of the state, with many waiting in line for a haircut. Fox News, "Michigan judge declines to sign order shutting down barber for defying state’s coronavirus lockdown," 12 May 2020 Several pilots who would lead the final assault against the Death Star came from various corners of the galaxy, including smugglers, ex-TIE pilots, and one very important moisture farmer from Tatooine. Zarnon Kalgon, Popular Mechanics, "Why the X-Wing Is Such a Badass Spaceplane," 4 May 2020 Coaches and select players fly in from all corners of the far-flung league to participate in the event. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Conference USA considering shifting football media days to virtual format," 4 May 2020 Three and a half months later, SARS-CoV-2, as it is now known, has traveled to all corners of the world, infecting millions of people and killing well over 200,000. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "How the pandemic made this virologist an unlikely cult figure," 28 Apr. 2020 Governors are seeking medical equipment and supplies from all corners – including private assistance and other countries. Vincenzo Bollettino, The Conversation, "How the US military could help fight the coronavirus outbreak," 27 Apr. 2020 From rural corners to urban downtowns, congregations are entering new stages of life with pastors who aren’t theirs alone. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pastor-sharing: For clergy, a holy hustle and labor of love," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Greg Kelly, a Charlottesville artist and mutual friend, recalled Curreri cornering him during a party at a country house, sharing a cigarette then asking to play Kelly a song. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Todd made a U-turn, followed the driver, cut him off, and eventually cornered him in a cul-de-sac on Isles Court. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Road rage leads to robbery, burglary, assault charges, cops say," 13 Dec. 2019 Texans corner Bradley Roby, wide receiver Will Fuller, linebacker Brennan Scarlett, defensive end Carlos Watkins and corner Gareon Conley are questionable. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Bradley Roby, Will Fuller questionable, as is Broncos' Von Miller," 6 Dec. 2019 The city, with a population of 65,000, is a pocket of poverty in the state, and its main drag offers a range of fast-food options and corner delis selling cheap candies and sodas. NBC News, "Hunger takes no summer break: When school's out, the challenge is how to feed more kids," 10 July 2019 The likening of democracy to an outdated, vaguely embarrassing institution felt very GOP indeed; Republicans apparently no longer have cornered the market on voter suppression. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Two Weeks of Democrats’ Pathetic Attempts at Opposition," 1 May 2020 Sorry, Bachelor Nation spin-off Listen To Your Heart, but Netflix has cornered the reality TV market during the coronavirus pandemic. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Had Enough Of Dating Shows? Your Other Netflix Guilty Pleasure Is Back So Soon," 23 Apr. 2020 Sony has cornered the market on mirrorless cameras, and as a result is one of the best options for someone hoping to break into more professional photography. Outdoor Life, "Four excellent cameras for your next expedition," 22 Apr. 2020 One of the troopers attempted to corner the suspect's car, looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver's seat while the suspect steered, Axtman said. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A man allegedly teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high speed chase," 30 Mar. 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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Time Traveler for corner

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

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corner. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for corner

corner

noun
How to pronounce corner (audio)

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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