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 The description seems fitting for the coronation itself. Gavin Morrison, Dallas News, "Mystery solved: The surprising backstory of that Napoleon portrait hanging in the Adolphus hotel bar," 30 July 2020 The coronation of the Rose Festival Queen will take place at July 30, the foundation said. oregonlive, "Rose Festival employees to be furloughed, parades officially canceled for 2020," 29 June 2020 For James, that might mean waiting another 12 months for a long-awaited, and for what some believe, a long overdue coronation. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Delay of hall of fame induction means Edgerrin James could be enshrined alongside Manning," 25 June 2020 After Liverpool's impressive 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Manchester City needed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday to delay the coronation. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Liverpool wins English Premier League for the first time in club's history," 25 June 2020 Instead of a possible coronation race for a Triple Crown winner, the Belmont Stakes will decide which horse will have the opportunity to earn U.S. thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious accolade in 2020. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Belmont Stakes 2020: Can Tiz the Law be beaten in Saturday’s race?," 19 June 2020 The coronation address will cap three days of festivities in Jacksonville. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trump tries to outdo Joe Biden in macho convention," 15 June 2020 That might work for carnivals, parades and coronations. oregonlive, "Though the rose show and garden contest are canceled, the City of Roses is in full bloom," 31 May 2020 Since David Cameron’s surprise coronation in 2005, the party’s focus on winning the economic war has been met with a total surrender on the social, cultural flank. Charlie Peters, National Review, "The Wisdom of Children Brings Hope in Gender Policy Debate," 5 May 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Coronation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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