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 Tom Roff, the principal of Pleasantville Elementary School, was in one corner, wearing a giant yellow Buttigieg precinct-captain button. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "“Pretty Much a Big Mess”: One Iowa Caucus Precinct’s Drama-Filled Night," 4 Feb. 2020 The weekend throwdown that draws heavily from all over the Midwest as well as every corner of the nation, will kick off on the 23rd with Vibe's Party with a Purpose, headlined by rapper Biz Markie and BJ the Chicago Kid. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson & the O'Jays to Headline 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival," 4 Feb. 2020 In some corners, though, there has been pushback against the notion that a lower troop presence leads to greater security. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Americans Demand a Rethinking of the ‘Forever War’," 2 Feb. 2020 The government beheaded Juhayman and his accomplices, putting their heads on stakes in the kingdom’s four corners, a gruesome deterrent to future rebels. Keija Parssinen, The New York Review of Books, "The US–Saudi Story, Through the Eyes of an Aramco ‘Brat’," 31 Jan. 2020 Hazen outlined the potential for Ketel Marte to move to center, with Starling Marte shifting to an outfield corner, against certain left-handed pitchers. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Madison Bumgarner’s flexibility pays off for Arizona Diamondbacks in Starling Marte trade," 28 Jan. 2020 Jackson found him for a corner 3-pointer at the 10:27 mark, cutting the deficit to 37-30. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons fall to Grizzlies, 125-112, despite 11th 20-point game from Derrick Rose," 25 Jan. 2020 In other corners of the internet, though, things were different. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "While You Were Offline: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's Big Debate Dust-Up," 19 Jan. 2020 Use an old toothbrush for harder-to-clean areas, such as crevices, corners, and dents. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Clean Copper so It Goes From Green to Great," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Milwaukee Brewers don’t have the market cornered on new uniform releases this week. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks unveil Cream City alternate jersey, to be used 20 times this season," 20 Nov. 2019 The Nazis don't have the market cornered on hypervisible hate symbols, though. Aj Willingham, Cnn / Design: Ted Witus, CNN, "These are the new symbols of hate," 28 Sep. 2019 As Doyle McManus wrote, a big part of the problem is that the U.S. has Iran cornered. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump runs against California as he steps up his campaign," 20 Sep. 2019 After being cornered in the boy's bathroom by Montgomery (Timothy Granaderos) and his friends, Tyler is beaten, has his face repeatedly pushed into the toilet bowl, and is then raped by the end of a broomstick and left bleeding. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Clay Ended 13 Reasons Why Season 2 In A Very Compromising Position," 24 Aug. 2019 With its adaptive dampers, the Track Handling chassis provides an ideal balance of compliant highway ride and steady cornering behavior. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 If the steering feels a bit numb, the car’s actual cornering bite is tremendous. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Ferrari Portofino: An Everyday Supercar for the Very Wealthy," 23 Jan. 2020 The producer cornered her in a conference room, grabbed her hand and put it on his crotch, Godbold said. Laura Newberry, Anchorage Daily News, "Weinstein trial is a milestone for #MeToo and a moment of wrenching truth for survivors," 21 Jan. 2020 Makenzee mcCombs placed 13th in the 50 freestyle with a 33.07 reading, while sophomores Annalyn Henry and Keeleigh Wilbanks cornered 15th and 17th, respectively in the 100-yard freestyle. Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena-FBCA swimmers set four new team records during regionals at UH," 20 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cornered?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=corner02. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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