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
Recent Examples on the Web For the big day, Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress, that was loaned to her by the Queen for her own collection; a glittering white gown by Norman Hartnell, who also designed the Queen's wedding dress and coronation gown. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 19 July 2021 The exhibition will also feature a rare toile that has survived from the 1937 coronation gown of Elizabeth, the Queen's mother and consort to King George VI. Rob Picheta, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 This season set up as a coronation of sorts for Munford. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2021 But this night in Japan — with the official coronation of her Olympic greatness at stake — proved one bridge too far, even for the gymnast considered by many to be the greatest ever. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 With tens of millions of voters expected to shun the polls, many expect Friday’s election to be little more than a coronation for Raisi. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 What began as a tune-up for the Masters turned into a coronation for Jordan Spieth. San Antonio Express-News, 5 Apr. 2021 Rather the program functioned as a coronation of his command of the GOP and the conservative movement. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 28 Feb. 2021 There could be a coronation tonight in Milwaukee with the Bucks going for their second NBA title in the franchise's 53-year history. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Coronation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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