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

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

When buns have cooled slightly, drizzle a horizontal line across each row of buns followed by a vertical line to form a cross on the crown of each bun. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe to Make This Easter," 7 Mar. 2019 And the sequences—described in punchy graphics beamed along the crown of each studio’s wall and synchronized to music—are easy to follow. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Why Boxing Is the Best Workout of 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 The burgundy topper with a brown bow at the back was worn perched on the crown of Middleton's head. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 From there, doing an ECG is phenomenally easy: launch the app, place your finger on the crown of the watch, and wait. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it," 12 Dec. 2018 Placing the ponytail just below the crown of your head looks the most polished. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Can't Stop Wearing Hair Bows, So Now We're Wearing Them Too," 28 Nov. 2018 In the late afternoon, the tree canopy above the North Branch Trail sparkles, like a crown of amber and garnet. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 Harvey went five innings and allowed one run on four hits in the Reds’ 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a crown of 45,891 at Busch Stadium. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Harvey is good again as the Cincinnati Reds beat St. Louis," 13 July 2018 The victory clinched the Mid-Atlantic Conference regular-season crown of the National Premier Soccer League for FC Baltimore because Northern Virginia, previously tied for fist place, lost to Virginia Beach City FC on Saturday night. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 8): 23-year-old jockey Jevian Toledo excelling at Laurel Park," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her career took off after she was crowned the winner of American Idol in 2002 and released her first chart-topping single. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Why Kelly Clarkson Hides Her Grammy Awards in Her Home," 10 Feb. 2019 The current turmoil at the Miss America Organization comes as state queens crowned in May and June are preparing for September’s nationwide pageant with new judging criteria just released Thursday. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision," 8 July 2018 After 12 months of trial and error, the system, which soared back to life in the Premier League as Chelsea were crowned champions in 2017, was beginning to bear fruit for England. SI.com, "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: Starting to Believe," 8 July 2018 In 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 28 June 2018 Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 to the Duchess Elizabeth, later Queen Mother, and the Duke of York, who later was crowned King George VI. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour 2018," 7 June 2018 Yolande Betbeze Fox, an aspiring opera singer who was crowned Miss America in 1951, refused to model in a swimsuit after her win. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition," 5 June 2018 Duncan also lamented the scarce local media coverage Dr. Winfrey has received compared to Hagan, who was crowned Miss America in 2013. refinery29.com, "Black Women Are Running In Record Numbers — But Are They Getting The Support They Need?," 4 June 2018 In the front row, close to the dais, stood Nicole Doz, a sanitation worker who was recently crowned Miss Staten Island 2018. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "A Power-Move Pep Talk for New York City Women," 28 May 2018

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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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