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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As anyone who has seen the first season of The Crown knows, royal coronations are a whole thing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Kate Middleton's Coronation Ceremony Will Be Low-Key When She Becomes Queen Consort," 1 Sep. 2018 The coronation is a nod to Puerto Rico’s Taino roots, a civilization that had kings and queens. Elvia Malagon,, "Openly gay boxer to visit Chicago for Pride, Puerto Rican parades," 15 June 2018 For many years, the Municipal Auditorium was home to the coronation, usually held on a Wednesday night during Fiesta week. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Order of the Alamo Coronation moved to Municipal Auditorium in 1930.," 12 Jan. 2018 As Queen Elizabeth mentioned in her message, the pair first met at the British monarch's coronation in 1953. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Honored Her Friend Queen Salote, Tonga's 6-Foot Queen Who Reigned for 48 Years," 25 Oct. 2018 The British fashion designer made her coronation dress, and also designed the wedding gown of Princess Margaret—the Queen's late sister. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "16 Surprising Facts from HBO's 'Queen of the World' Royal Documentary," 29 Sep. 2018 In an uncontested coronation, Murphy was nominated by acclamation by Democratic delegates for a second term in the U.S. Senate Friday on the opening night of their state convention. Christopher Keating,, "Democrats Nominate Chris Murphy For Second Term As State Convention Kicks Off," 19 May 2018 The 65th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation is June 2. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Crowns! Scepters! Orbs! See the Amazing Royal Treasures Newly on Display at Westminster Abbey," 30 May 2018 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

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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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