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


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

Other Words from crown


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

Synonyms for crown

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Huskies beat rival Chandler 11-1 Tuesday night in a five-inning, run-rule game for the 6A crown before one of the biggest crowds in Arizona Interscholastic Association high school history at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 For the season finale Sunday, two country artists and a quirky pop singer will vie for the 20th crown on ABC. Rodney Ho, ajc, 16 May 2022 Templars break through after disappointments in recent years; Eagles beat Enterprise for first state crown. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 2022 Take cues from royal kids' fashion and stock up on rompers for all ages, polos, and other styles that will have your littles well-dressed enough for the crown. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 14 May 2022 But the biggest mark in program history was the 1997 victory over defending champion BC High for the Super 8 crown. Jim Clark,, 13 May 2022 Yount also had a massive day on the last contest of the regular season to help the Brewers hold off Baltimore for the AL East crown. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 The Mountaineers drew a berth in the postseason for the second consecutive year after upending Bryant, 15-13, for the Northeast Conference tournament crown. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2022 Duke expressed remorse for killing Grinstead, who had paid her way through college using winnings from numerous beauty pageants and competed for the Miss Georgia crown. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This week’s games will be played at the new Protective Stadium, which joins Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium on a rotating basis to crown the AHSAA’s state football champs. Ben Thomas |, al, 28 Nov. 2021 Early in Biden's presidency, the contrast with Trump and Biden's restrained leadership produced a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 rescue plan to crown his first 100 days. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Current judges Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel recruit viewers' help to crown the most talented, and each season's top pick runs the gamut of skill sets. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 7 June 2021 For example, the Great Lakes Conference with 10 schools west of Cleveland tried an in-season tournament to crown its champion this month. Matt Goul, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2021 For the first time since 2020, the OSAA is getting ready to crown official state champions and the 6A Classification is loaded with heavy-hitting talent. oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2022 Throughout his decades-long political career, Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed a fortune that some authorities believe is vast enough to crown him one of the richest people in the world. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 At that point Sacred Heart had yet to lose to an in-state opponent, and most people were ready to crown them as the champs already. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 21 Mar. 2022 For a second consecutive year, Premios Heat will crown the best Dominican artist, which went to El Alfa in 2021. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crown


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for crown


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.


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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\ 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


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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
5 : to put an artificial crown on a damaged tooth
6 : to hit on the head


\ 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


transitive verb

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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