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 Belmont Stakes provided a coronation for Justify, as well as another massive accomplishment for Bob Baffert, the elite trainer who can take credit for his second Triple Crown in four years when the chestnut horse won Saturday. Des Bieler,, "Did Justify get undue help from another Bob Baffert horse in winning at Belmont?," 10 June 2018 Jubilees Major anniversary of the monarch's coronation always ensure a little balcony action, but with a far smaller group. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Who Gets to Stand on the Buckingham Palace Balcony?," 9 June 2018 And if that wasn’t enough, the prince’s coronation and his eventual big sweeping kiss with Amber all coincide with Christmas, a.k.a. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 While Charles was a kid, his father left for a six-month Commonwealth trip after Her Majesty's coronation. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 18 Aug. 2018 The 1998 Oscars served as a coronation for Titanic, which claimed most of the night's major prizes. Larry Dobrow, Woman's Day, "10 Worst Award Acceptance Speeches," 25 Feb. 2013 Jack Welch retired with a far-too-generous severance package, which set the stage for the coronation of Jeff Immelt. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "Readers React to WSJ’s Article on GE’s Decline," 17 Dec. 2018 The Portland Tiara was originally crafted for Winifred, Duchess of Portland, to wear in 1902 to the coronation of King Edward VII in Westminster Abbey. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "A Royal Tiara Worth Millions Has Been Stolen by Thieves in Britain," 26 Nov. 2018 In a way, the music video is the Carters’ own coronation ceremony, only in their version, no one is on their knees. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’," 22 June 2018

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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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