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

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 The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Spike Lee Is Not Happy About Green Book Winning Best Picture," 25 Feb. 2019 The deputy chased them, and the motorcycle crashed around the corner along the 16000 block of Avenida Florencia. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Stolen motorcycle crashes shortly after police chase begins," 8 July 2018 There’s a lot of movement involved, to avoid like the candle in the corner or the camera. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Lily Travers Talks About the Duchess of Monmouth's Passionate New Romance," 18 Feb. 2019 In one corner is President Muhammadu Buhari, the former military junta leader who returned to power in 2015 elections on a promise to defeat Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency and quell rampant corruption. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election Hours Before Polls Were Set to Open," 16 Feb. 2019 Despite having the same display as the S4, the Tab S5e has a more modern look, with rounded corners that give it a sleeker, more refined aesthetic. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has an OLED screen, Android Pie and no S Pen for $400," 15 Feb. 2019 One such close friend is actor George Clooney, who has stepped up to fight in Meghan’s corner. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "George Clooney Compared Meghan Markle's Media Scrutiny to That of Princess Diana," 12 Feb. 2019 Specific initiatives include small business loans for restaurants, opening community kitchens and gardens, and bringing fresh food to corner stores. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Still, Hater has already cornered a certain boutique market: the bulk of its daters reside in its birthplace of New York City. Shana Gohd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your Biggest Dislikes Could Be the Secret to Finding Love," 12 June 2017

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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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