cor·o·na·tion | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnā-shən, 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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Westminster Abbey, however, has traditionally hosted only royal weddings, coronations, and funerals. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 Part coronation, part Papal Mass, with a dash of rock concert thrown in., "On This Day in 2009: Cristiano Ronaldo Was Officially Unveiled as a Real Madrid Player," 6 July 2018 Despite racing to a 17-point lead in the first half Sunday, the Wildcats' seemingly annual SEC Tournament coronation was delayed by a Tennessee team trying to win its first title in almost 40 years. Kurt Voigt,, "Kentucky tops Tennessee, wins fourth straight SEC tourney title," 11 Mar. 2018 Toto's Steve Lukather marveled earlier this year upon the 35th anniversary of the song's Hot 100 coronation . Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Weezer Returns to Hot 100 With Fan-Inspired Cover of Toto's 'Africa'," 13 June 2018 Yet on a day that began with a royal wedding, Justify sure appeared worthy of a Triple Crown coronation in three weeks’ time. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, "Justify Wins the Preakness, Keeping Alive Hopes for a Triple Crown," 19 May 2018 Jesus) literally iconic crown of thorns and popular paintings and depictions of the coronation of the Virgin Mary, crowns have been absent from the general Catholic congregation., "What Do Crowns Have to Do With Catholicism?," 8 May 2018 While lower key than Putin’s inauguration in 2012, the ceremony’s regal themes nevertheless gave it the air of a coronation. Andrew E. Kramer,, "Putin starts 4th term with coronation-style ceremony," 7 May 2018 Booth’s device was even used to clean the carpets at Westminster Abbey ahead of Edward VII’s coronation. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Google Doodle Honors the Inventor of the First Powered Vacuum Cleaner Hubert Cecil Booth," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of coronation

: the act or ceremony of crowning a king or queen

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