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 The runaway Milwaukee Bucks, led by 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokoumpo, had the best record in the NBA at 53-12 with dreams of their first championship since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, led the way to their only crown in 1970-71. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks, Brewers, Packers all have big things on their minds as they wait out COVID-19 pandemic," 20 May 2020 Both the Wuhan virus, known as 2019-nCoV, and SARS belong to the family of coronaviruses, so called because of their crown-like shape. James Paton,, "WHO Says Coronavirus Remains Local Chinese Emergency for Now," 10 May 2020 Miss Alabama Tiara Pennington will be holding on to her crown for an extra year. Leada Gore |, al, "Miss Alabama competition canceled; No pageant this year," 8 May 2020 Under an electron microscope, the spikes give the viral particle a crown-like appearance, hence corona viruses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The Ars COVID-19 vaccine primer: 100-plus in the works, 8 in clinical trials," 1 May 2020 The latest three-quarter-ton Power Wagon continues to defend its muddy crown with off-road-specific underpinnings not found on other Ram 2500s, or on any other truck in its class. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Remains a Hulking Heavy-Duty Off-Roader," 30 Apr. 2020 For the virus behind COVID-19, researchers believe the antibody that holds the most promise would bind to the spiky, crown-like protein that gives the coronavirus its name. Catherine Ho,, "Antibodies in recovered victims’ blood may hold key to COVID-19 cure," 9 Apr. 2020 One of the all-time greats was a dazzling spectacle in his day, leading the Packers to a Super Bowl title, another NFC crown and to a thrill ride through the 1990s and 2000s. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Robin Yount reaches 3,000 hits," 4 May 2020 The Braves topped Chicopee last March for a second straight sectional crown and are poised for a three-peat with senior forward Isaac Percy leading the charge. Nate Weitzer,, "MIAA boys’ basketball: Breaking down the brackets," 23 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Phyllis George, a Texas pageant queen who pursued a successful career in sportscasting after she was crowned Miss America in 1971, died Thursday in Kentucky. Lynette Rice,, "Phyllis George, Miss America turned sportscaster, dies at 70," 17 May 2020 That year she was crowned the queen of a March of Dimes parade that wove through the city. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, "My mother’s childhood bout with polio paralyzed more than her body. I’ve spent much of my life trying to understand that paralysis.," 4 May 2020 He’s been crowned a strong front-runner, with many already declaring him the presumptive nominee. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Last Stand Against Bernie Sanders," 26 Feb. 2020 Carrie White — spoiler alert! — pays for the sin of not fitting in by having a bucket of pig blood dumped all over her after she has been crowned prom queen. Deborah Martin,, "High school horror musical ‘Carrie’ opening at NESA North East School of the Arts in San Antonio," 25 Feb. 2020 She was crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and began presenting the popular dating reality show Love Island in 2015. Ashley Chervinski,, "Former Love Island Host Caroline Flack Is Dead At 40," 15 Feb. 2020 Along with his five NBA championships, Bryant appeared in 15 All-Star Games, and also was the youngest to win the Slam Dunk contest when he was crowned in 1997 at age 18. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant's five most memorable All-Star Games from his historic career," 14 Feb. 2020 The same year, she was crowned rookie of the year and won her first WNBA championship. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "WNBA star Maya Moore to sit out season and Olympics as she advocates for inmate's release," 23 Jan. 2020 In 1559, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey., "This day in history," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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“Crown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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