cor·​o·​na·​tion ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coronation (audio)
: the act or occasion of crowning
also : accession to the highest office

Example Sentences

the coronation of Queen Elizabeth
Recent Examples on the Web Queen Elizabeth leaned on her ladies-in-waiting from the very start — her coronation day in 1953. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 This FIFA World Cup was supposed to be a celebration of Lionel Messi, a return to dominance by Brazil or a coronation of France as a team for the ages. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 According to preliminary assessments by aides and observers in the party, the 2024 dynamic is likelier to seem more like 2016's months-long primary fight -- with its quarreling campaigns and competing headlines -- than 2020's glide to re-coronation. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2022 That explains why Shuri organizes the traditional coronation ritual at the end of the film, but then ducks out to allow M'Baku (Winston Duke) to make his claim without resistance. Christian Holub,, 12 Nov. 2022 The pair's coronation is set to take place in May 2023 at Westminster Abbey, where both Camilla and Charles will be crowned in the historic ceremony. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2022 Charles' official coronation will take place on May 6, 2023. ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022 For her coronation day, the Queen had an elaborate gown designed by Norman Hartnell. Janaya Wecker, Town & Country, 8 Nov. 2022 Changes in Jacksonville Last winter in Birmingham, the Jacksonville Golden Eagles dominated Escambia County in the Class 4A championship game, capping a 28-5 year with an 85-49 championship coronation. Ben Thomas |, al, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coronation was in the 14th century

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“Coronation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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cor·​o·​na·​tion ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coronation (audio)
: the act or ceremony of crowning a king or queen

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