cor·​o·​na·​tion | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coronation (audio) , ˌkär-\

Definition of coronation

: the act or occasion of crowning also : accession to the highest office

Examples of coronation in a Sentence

the coronation of Queen Elizabeth

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The Democratic Party is in no mood for a coronation. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Debate bounce? Trump effect? Who is winning the race for 2020 campaign cash," 16 July 2019 When Giancarlo Gonzalez played his first season in MLS five years ago, the title race was more a coronation than a competition. Kevin Baxter,, "Galaxy defender Giancarlo Gonzalez enjoys a more balanced MLS," 11 July 2019 What loomed as a coronation became a postseason apocolypse for the Warriors, with far-reaching implications and a healthy dose of doubt. Bruce Jenkins,, "The Warriors fall, and the Western Conference rises from hibernation," 14 June 2019 While Elizabeth's father may have had a coronation by the book, his daughter would not. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Queen Elizabeth II's Groundbreaking Coronation," 10 June 2019 Yet Monday’s matchup seems to be hurtling toward a coronation. Michael Shapiro,, "Kawhi Leonard’s Superstar Evolution Has Another Dynasty On Its Last Legs," 10 June 2019 Getty ImagesMirrorpix What's the difference between an accession and a coronation? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Will Officially Hit 67 Years on the Throne This Week—But Here's Why She Won't Celebrate the Occasion," 3 Feb. 2019 Others are wild and energetic, as in an engraving from 1742-43 of displays marking the coronation of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering when emperors planned their own extravagant fireworks displays," 3 July 2019 That movie was an ensemble picture, with Smith as the standout lead; the original Men in Black was his 1997 follow-up, and his true coronation as Hollywood royalty. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Men in Black: International and Shaft show the limits of modern film franchises," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of coronation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coronation

Middle English coronacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French coronacion, borrowed from Medieval Latin corōnātiōn-, corōnātiō (Late Latin, "wreathing"), from Latin corōnare "to deck with flowers, wreathe, crown entry 2" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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English Language Learners Definition of coronation

: a ceremony in which a crown is placed on the head of a new king or queen


cor·​o·​na·​tion | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coronation (audio) \

Kids Definition of coronation

: the act or ceremony of crowning a king or queen

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