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) : either of the four angles of a boxing ring especially : the area in which a boxer rests or is worked on by his 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 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

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a #4 tip or a ziptop plastic bag with a small hole cut in the corner. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bunny Sugar Cookies," 8 Mar. 2019 In the corner of the closet is a 50-inch honey-blonde masterpiece—hand-created by Appleton and his team—that Lopez has worn on the red carpet. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hairstylist Chris Appleton Shows Us His Insane Collection of Celebrity Wigs," 28 Feb. 2019 MacKinnon gained control of the puck in the corner before charging the net and beating Halak high on the glove side for the game’s first goal with 32.1 seconds left in the first. Gethin Coolbaugh, The Seattle Times, "Marchand’s OT goal lifts Bruins over Avalanche 2-1," 10 Feb. 2019 Nearly 2 feet tall and 10 inches wide, the heavy piece can serve as a small side table in a living room, or can easily be hidden in the corner of a room. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Arco Floor Lamp Is the Perfect Solution for Rooms Without Overhead Lighting," 5 Feb. 2019 Believe it or not, the holidays are already right around the corner, which is a time that will definitely bring up a lot of feelings, both good and bad. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 There are three spaces—the small front bar (so unpretentious there’s sometimes a clothes horse draped with drying bar mats in the corner), the main room with a stage styled like a saloon, and an epic beer garden. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Mandzukic was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him in the corner and trapped photographers under them in the crush. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, "Croatia reaches first World Cup final," 11 July 2018 But if Punxsutawney Phil is right, spring and summer are just around the corner. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's the Best Time to Book Your Summer Travel," 27 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The retail business, which has cornered a sizable cut of Britain’s online grocery market, is where Ocado got its start two decades ago. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "British Grocer Heads for Silicon Valley," 27 Feb. 2019 But watching Arnold on his show is like being cornered by a Trump-hating relative at a family barbecue on one of those long, hazy days in August. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, explained," 18 Sep. 2018 Placer County Sheriff's deputies said in a Facebook post that the bear was chased around and cornered by visitors who were trying to take a picture with it. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Bear crawls out from under house in King's Beach," 6 July 2018 When Dolores escapes the park in Charlotte Hale’s body, she gets cornered by Stubbs. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Finale: Let's Break Down Every Bonkers Thing That Happened," 25 June 2018 The game’s sandbox of emergent stories is built on the danger of being cornered by zombies in the dark and the scarcity of resources that forces you into that situation. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing," 22 May 2018 Martirosyan, who was cornered by Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club, fought for a world title for the third time in his career and came up short. Grant Gordon, latimes.com, "Glendale's Martirosyan KO'd by Golovkin in 2nd round," 6 May 2018 And for those not in NYC, obviously Urban cornered that market quick. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 On Monday, Philadelphia police officers cornered a coyote, trapping it between their squad cars and a chain-link fence near Vogt Park and Roosevelt Playground. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Coyote captured in Center City euthanized," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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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) \

Medical Definition of corner

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