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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Fresno icon famous for appearing in TV commercials for his namesake furniture store in a crown and cape is accused of taking more than $23,000 in medical benefits from the state. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: UC and CSU systems plan to mandate vaccinations," 23 Apr. 2021 But the jewel in the crown of the presentation, was the Tambour Carpe Diem (top), the result of two years of development and 320 hours of painstaking construction, engraving, enameling and gem setting. Kate Matthams, Forbes, "Louis Vuitton Reveals Its Subversive Style With The Tambour Carpe Diem Watch," 7 Apr. 2021 Among the heavyweights of U.K. business, blue-chip miners were the jewel in the crown for investors last year. Adriano Marchese, WSJ, "Talking Markets: As the Pandemic Broke Out, U.K. Miners Paid Out," 5 Mar. 2021 Hat pins with leaf and floral motifs allow women to uniquely shape the hats, to take up an oversized brim, say, or to create an elegant fold in the crown. Colleen Barry, ajc, "Borsalino looks ahead with cool bucket hats, baseball caps," 27 Feb. 2021 Hat pins with leaf and floral motifs allow women to uniquely shape the hats, to take up an oversized brim, say, or to create an elegant fold in the crown. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Borsalino looks ahead with cool bucket hats, baseball caps," 27 Feb. 2021 Hadid also put a crown emoji on this guy’s head in another pic. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Bella Hadid Had the Most Hilarious Response to Falling on the Runway," 25 Feb. 2021 Online rivals, including Asos and Boohoo, might eye some of Arcadia’s brands, particularly the jewel in the crown, Topshop, although even that star has faded in recent years. Deirdre Hipwell, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Retail Emerges From Lockdown as a Much Diminished Industry," 2 Dec. 2020 Lady Anne Glenconner, one of the Queen's attendants for the occasion, recalled the then 4-year-old Charles' interest in the Queen's crown. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles Caused Chaos at Queen Elizabeth's Coronation," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The American Hockey League will not crown a Calder Cup champion for a second consecutive season amid pandemic scheduling concerns. courant.com, "UConn field hockey dominates Rider in NCAA game," 30 Apr. 2021 Toni Storm’s feud with Zoey Stark will essentially crown NXT’s most talented loser. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, "WWE NXT Results: Winners, News And Notes On April 27, 2021," 27 Apr. 2021 RuPaul’s Drag Race will crown a Season 13 winner tonight, April 23, at 8 p.m. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "How to watch the grand finale of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ | Live stream, time, channel," 23 Apr. 2021 Stan Lee, who wrote the story, could crown either character the victor. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "'Godzilla vs. Kong' didn't make a whole lot of sense, but it didn't have to," 19 Apr. 2021 Annual tradition to crown the Queen of the Royal Court by the spin of a wheel. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Your complete schedule of 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival events: Parade, marathon & more," 8 Apr. 2021 The other people inadvertently responsible for strategy in a game that would crown an NBA champion had their own flashbacks to Indiana colleges running this play in obscurity. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Case of the NBA’s Most Stolen Play," 21 Dec. 2020 After last year's men's and women's basketball tournaments were canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA this weekend will crown a new women's champion and whittle the men's field to two, in advance of Monday's championship game. Editors, USA TODAY, "Capitol attack aftermath, Easter Sunday, NCAA tournaments: 5 things to know this weekend," 3 Apr. 2021 The Superliga is set to start on March 16 in Chile and, pandemic permitting, will crown South America's first club champion, similar to football's Copa Libertadores. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Rugby in Colombia: an escape from a violent past," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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