noun, often attributive
\ˈkrau̇n \

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

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crowned \ˈkrau̇nd \ adjective
crownless \ˈkrau̇n-​ləs \ 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


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.


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

And while the electrodes on the digital crown and the backside of the watch were there, the software to support them hadn’t been released. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple Watch electrocardiogram and irregular heart rate features are available today," 6 Dec. 2018 Here, Laura and Kate open up about gender, the feat of avoiding the flower-crown cliché, and a dream product extension: perfume. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Talk Gender in Fashion, Floral Infatuations, and Their Dream Beauty Project," 14 Nov. 2018 While Meghan did not have a maid of honor, her young bridesmaids did indeed wear flower crowns. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Princess Beatrice Isn't Wearing a Hat at Her Sister Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The girls all wore cream Givenchy Haute Couture dresses and matching flower crowns, while the boys wore miniature versions of Prince Harry's Blues and Royals frockcoat made by tailors Dege & Skinner in Savile Row. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eugenie & Jack's Bridesmaids and Pageboys Wore Less Traditional Looks Than Meghan & Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 Engineers had to account for the back, circular electrode and the tiny electrode on the flat edge of the digital crown (and the communication between the two) when designing the Series 4, along with all the other sensors inside the device. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Teardown reveals big changes inside the Apple Watch Series 4," 25 Sep. 2018 Enjoy activities like apple pressing, flower crown making, and beekeeping all while wandering around the marketplace., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 20 Apr. 2018 Leave the flower crowns and fringe at home this time around. Kavita Daswani,, "Heading to Coachella? Forget about the flower crowns. Try these fashion picks on for size," 13 Apr. 2018 That’s likely gone after two losses, but the Mountain West crown is still very much in play. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "AP All-America Watch: Sun Devils star WR; Alabama DT," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a crowning irony, the initiative carries support from Facebook and Google, two companies that hinge on mass data collection to grow their advertising businesses, and are no strangers to leaking that sensitive information in calamitous fashion. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 Yet while London's Dandelyan was crowned number one, the spotlight shone firmly on Asia. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018 Crystle Stewart Following in the clumsy footsteps of Rachel Smith, crowned Miss USA the year before, Crystle Stewart fell flat on her tush during the evening gown competition in 2008. Fox News, "13 biggest beauty pageant scandals," 25 Sep. 2018 The coveted award ended up going to royalty—TV royalty, that is—as Claire Foy was crowned the winner for portraying Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Sandra Oh Didn't Win an Emmy Award Last Night and People Are Furious," 18 Sep. 2018 In past Summer Skirmish events, Epic has let players drop into random lobbies and crowned a winner based on how many kills that person has. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic’s Summer Skirmish series was a beta for the future of competitive Fortnite," 6 Sep. 2018 When Prince William is crowned King, there will be many changes in store for the rest of his immediate family. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Why Princess Charlotte Won't Automatically Inherit the Title of Princess Royal," 12 Aug. 2018 Following her death, Armstrong paid tribute to his reality star girlfriend, who was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009, in a loving post on Facebook. Natalie Stone,, "Love Island Star Sophie Gradon's Boyfriend Found Dead Weeks After Her Death," 10 July 2018 While a clear winner is crowned, this special crossover is the true prize. Joseph Hernandez,, "This 7-minute 'Queer Eye' and 'Nailed It' mashup is all you need in your life," 29 June 2018

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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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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



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


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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, Tom Sawyer

5 : to put an artificial crown on a damaged tooth

6 : to hit on the head


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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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