noun, often attributive
\ˈkrau̇n \

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


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 \ adjective
crownless \ˈkrau̇n-ləs \ adjective

Examples of crown in a Sentence


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.


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

At 46–39, Los Angeles is 1 ½ games behind Arizona for first place in the NL West, and his bat will be crucial to winning a potential sixth straight division crown. Jon Tayler,, "Matt Kemp Shed Weight, Ego and Injury to Thrive for the Club He Never Wanted to Leave," 4 July 2018 Bosley went on to compete in national cross country races and won two track and field state crowns this spring. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are the teams and athletes from Milwaukee area who won state titles in 2017-18," 20 June 2018 The Explorers finished two wins away from the program’s third state crown. Rick O'brien,, "Rick O'Brien's 2018 all-Philly baseball team," 19 June 2018 Will Williams return from maternity leave to claim a record-equaling 24th grand slam and can Rafael Nadal win an unprecedented 11th French Open crown? Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Serena Williams & Rafael Nadal out to make French Open history," 25 May 2018 Note: With center midfielder JJ Allen (15 goals, 10 assists) healthy after an ankle injury, Beamer is playing its best soccer of the season and could make a run at state after collecting the school’s first state crown in the sport in 2017. Matt Massey, The Seattle Times, "State soccer preview: After 11-year drought, Redmond returns with chip on shoulder," 14 May 2018 Juskelis and Paulius are the first Lemont students to win three FBLA state crowns. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lemont student business leaders take home state awards," 12 Apr. 2018 Or for the first three, propelling the Dragons to four straight sectional crowns and back-to-back D2 state championships. Craig Larson,, "This winter season was filled with sportsmanship, success, and drama," 6 Apr. 2018 In the aftermath of Anthony Joshua’s lopsided decision victory over Joseph Parker to consolidate three major heavyweight crowns Saturday in Wales, Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd will have their unification opportunity Saturday night in Las Vegas. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "These two boxers in the 154-pound division pumped up for their unification bout Saturday | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her crowning achievement of the night was the Girls Player of the Year award. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Top Arizona high school athletes honored at azcentral Sports Awards," 10 June 2018 President Barack Obama's crowning achievement in the domestic policy arena became law in 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "The Trump administration says Obamacare is unconstitutional: What it means to you," 8 June 2018 The North Korean leader had just opened the doors of his isolated country to the world, allowing foreign journalists to observe what had deemed a crowning achievement in Pyongyang's nuclear quest. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim Jong Un's great miscalculation?," 24 May 2018 The crowning achievement for the students is the tiny homes project. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "“Tiny Homes,” Draw Many Lookers, Few Buyers," 19 May 2018 At just 30 years old, Agnesi made her crowning mathematical achievement: the publication Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventù italiana (Analytical Institutions for the Use of the Italian Youth), a calculus textbook published in 1748. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The 18th-Century Lady Mathematician Who Loved Calculus and God," 16 May 2018 This historic announcement was considered to be the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida (now known as the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU) and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Jewish American Heritage Month spearheaded by South Florida Jewish leaders," 3 May 2018 That water supply was significantly protected by $250 million restoration of the river’s headwaters, an achievement in recent decades the St. Johns River Water Management District regards as one of its crowning achievements. Kevin Spear,, "Rare Florida jewel, Blue Cypress Lake, sickens with pollution," 11 Apr. 2018 Juleps are best made one at a time, so fill each glass with ice and add two ounces of bourbon and a tablespoon of simple syrup and stir before crowning it with mint. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Mint and roses and ham and more! Your Kentucky Derby party must-have list," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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