crown

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkrau̇n How to pronounce crown (audio) \

Definition of crown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a reward of victory or mark of honor especially : the title representing the championship in a sport
2 : a royal or imperial headdress or cap of sovereignty : diadem
3 : the highest part: such as
a : the topmost part of the skull or head
b : the summit of a mountain
c : the head of foliage of a tree or shrub
d : the part of a hat or other headgear covering the crown of the head
e : the part of a tooth external to the gum or an artificial substitute for this — see tooth illustration
4 : a wreath, band, or circular ornament for the head
5a : something resembling a wreath or crown
b : the knurled cap on top of a watch stem

6 often capitalized

a(1) : imperial or regal power : sovereignty
(2) : the government under a constitutional monarchy
b : monarch
7 : something that imparts splendor, honor, or finish : culmination
8a : any of several old gold coins with a crown as part of the device
b : an old usually silver British coin worth five shillings
9a : koruna
b : krona
c : krone
d : kroon
10a : the region of a seed plant at which stem and root merge
b : the arching end of the shank of an anchor where the arms join it — see anchor illustration

crown

verb
crowned; crowning; crowns

Definition of crown (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to place a crown or wreath on the head of specifically : to invest with regal dignity and power
b : to recognize officially as they crowned her athlete of the year
c : to award a championship to crown a new champion
2 : to bestow something on as a mark of honor or recompense : adorn
3 : surmount, top especially : to top (a checker) with a checker to make a king
4 : to bring to a successful conclusion : climax the role that crowned her career
5 : to provide with something like a crown: such as
a : to fill so that the surface forms a crown
b : to put an artificial crown on (a tooth)
6 : to hit on the head

intransitive verb

1 of a forest fire : to burn rapidly through the tops of trees
2 in childbirth : to appear and begin to emerge headfirst or crown first at the vaginal opening the baby's head crowned

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Other Words from crown

Noun

crowned \ ˈkrau̇nd How to pronounce crowned (audio) \ adjective
crownless \ ˈkrau̇n-​ləs How to pronounce crownless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crown

Synonyms: Noun

chaplet, coronal (also coronel), coronet, diadem

Synonyms: Verb

cap (off), climax, culminate

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Examples of crown in a Sentence

Noun

The winner of the beauty pageant walked down the runway wearing her sparkling crown. the blessing of the Spanish crown She was appointed by the Crown.

Verb

The magazine crowned her the new queen of rock-and-roll music. She crowned her long and distinguished career by designing the city's beautiful new bridge.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Don't expect flower crowns or hippie gear, as this is a different kind of festival style: one where the drama onscreen can't compare with what's happening on the red carpet. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Direct from the Cannes Film Festival," 16 May 2019 Each Scruff-a-Luvs also comes with a brush and a flower crown. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Easter Blossom Bunnies Scruff-a-Luvs Are the Perfect Last-Minute Gift for Kids," 17 Apr. 2019 Huawei is gunning for Apple's SoC crown and has reportedly expressed confidence that the Kirin 980 will be better than the A12 Bionic. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei Mate 20 Pro pictures show off new triple-camera setup," 25 Sep. 2018 Her sleek, straight glass hair under the crown was an ode to Cher at Studio 54. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Tottenham will be looking to mount a serious title challenge after narrowly missing out on the crown over the last few seasons. SI.com, "Spurs Said to Be Leading the Race to Land Highly Rated Bordeaux Winger This Summer," 10 July 2018 But Merkel is deeply aware of the threat the issue poses to Europe, notably to its Schengen passport-free travel area – one of the jewels in the EU crown – that allows easy cross-border business and travel. The Christian Science Monitor, "EU agrees on migrant plan, but details vague," 29 June 2018 And for good reason—there'd be too many people trying to kill him for the crown, and Jon would have to break off his already troubled relationship with Daenerys. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will Sansa Take the Iron Throne in 'Game of Thrones'?," 7 May 2019 But Commey emerged from his bout Feb. 2 with an injured right hand, and Lomachenko elected to stay active by entertaining his mandatory challenger for the WBA crown. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko goes Hollywood for title clash with Crolla," 11 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Landry Feldmeier was crowned Miss Outstanding Teen Kentucky. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Miss Kentucky 2019 crowned in Louisville," 9 June 2019 Pennington, 20, was crowned Saturday night at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al.com, "Miss Alabama 2019: Tiara Pennington, Miss University of Alabama, takes the crown," 8 June 2019 At the end of the evening, only one was crowned the winner — and this year, that chef was 13-year-old Che Spiotta. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What 'MasterChef Junior' Winner Che Spiotta Actually Gets for Winning the 2019 Competition," 6 June 2019 Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham and Leomie Anderson were also crowned VS Angels in the last four weeks. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Grace Elizabeth Is Now a Victoria's Secret Angel," 10 Apr. 2019 Beauty Jazell Barbie Royale was recently crowned this year’s Miss International Queen, a beauty pageant for transgender women from all over the world based in Thailand. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Jazell Barbie Royale Becomes First Black Woman Crowned in Trans Beauty Pageant," 26 Mar. 2019 Over the reality show's eight-year history, veteran coach Blake has crowned a winner from his team in six of The Voice's 15 previous seasons. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Has a Quirky Habit That Everyone's Talking About," 5 Mar. 2019 In late 2017, Miller-Keyes was crowned Miss North Carolina USA for 2018. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Get to Know 'Bachelor' Contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes," 11 Jan. 2019 New Yorker Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday. Fox News, "Miss America Pageant sees large decline in ratings after dropping swimsuit competition," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crown

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for crown

Noun

Middle English coroune, croune, borrowed from Anglo-French corone, coroune, going back to Latin corōna "wreath, garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty," borrowed from Greek korṓnē "crow, seabird (perhaps a shearwater), any of various curved or hooked objects (as a door handle or tip of a bow), kind of crown," perhaps formed from an original n-stem nominative *kor-ōn "crow, seabird," from a base *kor- — more at cornice

Note: Old English corona "crown," a weak noun borrowed directly from Latin, may have been replaced by the Anglo-French word if it was continued into Middle English at all. Ancient Greek korṓnē, though marginally attested in the meaning "crown, garland" (as something bent or curved?), is nonetheless presumed to be the source of the Latin word; aside from a gloss "kind of crown" (eîdos stephánou) by the lexicographer Hesychius, this sense is known only from a single fragment, of doubtful interpretation, by Sophron of Syracuse, a writer of mime. As both Sophron and the lyric poet Stesichorus, who used the derivative korōnís "garland," wrote in Doric, it is possible that the meaning "garland," whatever its origin, was peculiar to western dialects of Greek and hence transmitted to Latin.

Verb

Middle English corounen, crounen, borrowed from Anglo-French coroner, corouner, going back to Latin corōnare "to deck with garlands, wreath, encircle," derivative of corōna "wreathe, garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty" — more at crown entry 1

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crown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decorative object that is shaped like a circle and worn on the head of a king or queen for special ceremonies
: a similar object worn by someone who is not an actual king or queen
: a ring of leaves or flowers worn on the head of someone who has won a game, contest, or award

crown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crown (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a crown on (a new king, queen, etc.) : to give (someone) the power and title of a king or queen
: to officially or formally give (someone) the title or position of a champion, winner, etc.
: to end (something) in a successful and impressive way

crown

noun
\ ˈkrau̇n How to pronounce crown (audio) \

Kids Definition of crown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a royal headdress
2 : a wreath or band worn especially as a symbol of victory or honor
3 : the top of the head
4 : the highest part (as of a tree or mountain)
5 often capitalized : royal power or authority, a person having such power, or the government of a country ruled by a king or queen He pledged his loyalty to the crown.
6 : any of various coins (as a British coin worth five shillings)
7 : the top part of a hat
8 : the part of a tooth outside of the gum or an artificial substitute for it

Other Words from crown

crowned \ ˈkrau̇nd \ adjective

crown

verb
crowned; crowning

Kids Definition of crown (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place a royal headdress on : give the title of king or queen to
2 : to declare officially to be She was crowned champion.
3 : to cover or be situated on the top of Snow crowned the mountain.
4 : to bring to a conclusion The day was completed and crowned in a particularly satisfactory way …— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
5 : to put an artificial crown on a damaged tooth
6 : to hit on the head

crown

noun
\ ˈkrau̇n How to pronounce crown (audio) \

Medical Definition of crown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the topmost part of the skull or head
2 : the part of a tooth external to the gum or an artificial substitute for this

Medical Definition of crown (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put an artificial crown on (a tooth)

intransitive verb

in childbirth : to appear at the vaginal opening used of the first part (as the crown of the head) of the infant to appear an anesthetic was given when the head crowned

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