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
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

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 Knights won six straight crowns between 2013-18. Daniel Boyette, al, "Rewinding AHSAA state wrestling Championship Saturday in Huntsville," 15 Feb. 2020 Green Day are heading for a big week in the U.K., where their new album is well-placed to snare the chart crown. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Green Day Cruising to No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart," 11 Feb. 2020 Founder Sarah Tedford sources blossoms from local wholesalers and farmers, creating bouquets, boutonnieres, tablescapes, floral cakes, and flower crowns. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Treat Yourself to One of These Fabulous Floral Workshops," 10 Feb. 2020 Most strikingly, a spray of stiff golden feathers forms a crown around their heads. National Geographic, "Gray crowned crane," 10 Feb. 2020 The Colts got regional crowns from five seniors - Jalen Polin at 132 pounds, Trenton Cantlon at 182, Chandler Miller at 195, Colby Stratman at 220 and Dejuan Watkins at 285. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "DeSales wrestling claims its third straight Third Region championship," 8 Feb. 2020 Instead of being inserted into a keyhole, the key is inserted into a wiry, gold crown and the wearer is then is given the ability to control shadows. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Who Do All The Keys Do On Locke & Key?," 7 Feb. 2020 The Kangaroo is wearing a red robe (with a silver crown logo on the back), along with silver, sparkly boxing gloves. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is the Kangaroo on 'The Masked Singer'? Here Are the Internet's Top Theories," 5 Feb. 2020 The shot for that crown goes to the Autumn Dogs, Pittsburgh’s Trevolta, Akron’s Detention and Fake ID. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "24th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off gets off to rousing start with stiff competition," 2 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All 8 were crowned individual Champions!Martinez, Levine, Ruiz, Salas, Aranda, Santiago, Valencia and Haas. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "Jairo Rivera comes through with pin to give Birmingham City Section wrestling title," 15 Feb. 2020 The player with the highest score is crowned the 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest winner. Francisco Guzman And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "NBA All-Star weekend has arrived! Here's what you need to know," 15 Feb. 2020 And an hour before midnight, the champion was finally crowned: Siba the standard poodle, a surprise to a crowd rooting for the golden retriever and Havanese fan favorites. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Siba the Standard Poodle Wins the 2020 Westminster Dog Show With a Regal Attitude," 12 Feb. 2020 Winners for the other three groups — and best in show — will be crowned at the Garden on Tuesday night. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 Two outstanding seniors at Pasadena High School were crowned king and queen of the 58th annual Emerald Pageant. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Meet Pasadena High’s Emerald Pageant winners," 5 Feb. 2020 She was crowned in the queen’s crystal tiara and long blue cape in early October. National Geographic, "This cheer squad is caught between two worlds—divided by a border," 30 Jan. 2020 One champion from each class was crowned at the end of the night. Rob Kleifield, azcentral, "Ken Roczen dominates Monster Energy's supercross showdown at State Farm Stadium," 26 Jan. 2020 Sammie and Antonio were crowned Influencers in episode 1. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "The 5 DMs that have put Sammie in the driver's seat on Netflix's The Circle," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of crown was in the 12th century

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20 Feb 2020

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“Crown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crown. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for crown

crown

noun
How to pronounce crown (audio)

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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