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
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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Other Words from crown


crowned \ ˈkrau̇nd How to pronounce crowned (audio) \ adjective
crownless \ ˈkrau̇n-​ləs How to pronounce crownless (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 Who else but a future queen could step out of a car, like Kate Middleton did earlier this year, wearing a crown? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Year, Stylish Royals Embraced Affordable Fashion," 31 Dec. 2019 Lynch’s arrival comes just days before the Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle on Monday night, with the winner taking the N.F.C. West crown, while the loser will enter the postseason as a wild-card team. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Marshawn Lynch Arrives to Give Seattle a Playoff Push," 24 Dec. 2019 Fried foods are a universally beloved pairing for champagne, but for maximum crunchy-salty-starchy satisfaction, potatoes take the crown. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Foods to Pair with Champagne," 19 Dec. 2019 South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi took home the Miss Universe crown over the weekend, making her the first black woman to do so since 2011. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zozibini Tunzi’s Miss Universe Win Marks a Historic Year for Black Women in Beauty Pageants," 10 Dec. 2019 The Lightning notched its first boys’ soccer title weeks after the cross country team took the crown at the state meet at Lane Community College in Eugene. oregonlive, "Portland schools have nation’s best cafeteria noodles, Eugene district to provide free menstrual products: The week in education," 23 Nov. 2019 Kendall took the girls crown with a time of 19:41.34. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "DeSales, Collins runners take individual titles at Class 2A regional cross country meet," 26 Oct. 2019 With a road matchup against second-place Wadsworth up next, the first-place Bees (7-2, 6-0) control their own destiny to take the division crown. cleveland, "No. 19 Brecksville rides late surge to 57-31 victory and Golden Shoe trophy over North Royalton," 26 Oct. 2019 The Eagles, coming off a huge road win against Lake City Columbia, will likely take the district crown. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Week 10 high school football predictions in Broward and Palm Beach counties," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After seven episodes and 21 competitors, the show will air a finale with the top three competitors across the season, crowning an ultimate champion. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'My wife was like, are you serious?': On 'Man Vs Bear,' humans go against grizzly bears," 31 Dec. 2019 The dispatcher promised an ambulance, but ZaNiyah was already crowning. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "On Christmas Eve, D.C. firefighters meet the baby they saved," 24 Dec. 2019 The Patriots are the first girls team other than Mt. Edgecumbe to take home a state wrestling championship in the three years that Alaska has crowned a girls team champion. Anchorage Daily News, "Led by a three-time champ, North Pole girls claim state wrestling championship," 22 Dec. 2019 Every time The Voice crowns a new champion, fans freak out over the results. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Carson Daly Had the Shadiest Reaction When Katie Kadan Didn't Win 'The Voice'," 21 Dec. 2019 While Thursday’s live broadcast crowned Schrier as Miss America 2020, contestants participated in preliminary rounds earlier in the week. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Camille Schrier Just Won Miss America 2020 With a Little Help From Exploding Colorful Foam," 20 Dec. 2019 Her Miss Texas crowning is part of a historic year. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Will Pearland’s Chandler Foreman win Miss America tonight?," 19 Dec. 2019 Toni-Ann’s crowning comes hot off the heels of 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa, who won her Miss Universe 2019 crown less than a week ago. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh Crowned Miss World 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 This past weekend, people across the globe made a joyful noise again when another Black woman, Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh, was crowned Miss World. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "12 Times Miss World Winner Toni-Ann Singh Stunned With Just Lipstick And Curls," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

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“Crown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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


\ 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, 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

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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