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


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

chaplet, coronal (also coronel), coronet, diadem

Synonyms: Verb

cap (off), climax, culminate

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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

Vista topped La Jolla 11-10 for the Division II crown in Orange County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prep boys water polo: players to watch, season storylines, rankings," 28 Aug. 2019 With the Western crown in mind, the Jazz debuted a set of throwback uniforms on Wednesday to revive the now-famous purple mountain threads of the team's golden era. Michael Shapiro,, "Jazz Release Purple Mountain Throwback Jerseys to Honor 1990s Finals Teams," 28 Aug. 2019 The Centennial boys, which went 9-2 last year, is in a lengthy title drought of its own — last claiming the county crown in 2007. Brent Kennedy,, "Marriotts Ridge golf facing stern test to historic winning streak," 26 Aug. 2019 Clemens, a junior, added a league crown in the 110 hurdles (16.54), Baker won the 400 event (52.39) and Kieran Gehan was victorious in the 300 hurdles (42.25). Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Looking Back: Providence excels amidst challenges in new league," 6 Aug. 2019 In the Pacific League finals, Wilbur won a second league crown in a row in the 800 meters, clocking a personal-best 1 minute, 54.73 seconds before winning the 1,600 in 4:21.94. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Crescenta Valley registers multiple championships in 2018-19 season," 31 July 2019 Born in North Wales near Caernarfon, Evans was an explorer and mapmaker working for the Spanish crown in its American territories. James Griffiths, CNN, "The racist origins of the myth a Welsh prince beat Columbus to America," 21 July 2019 There is a new champion wearing the crown in the Caribbean Americas Soccer Association League. Emmett Hall,, "Rockers FC rock CASA Super League with convincing championship victory," 18 July 2019 The flower girls and page boys were in ivory silk with blush pink sashes and cummerbunds, and the girls had flower crowns in their hair that were made using the same blooms as the bridal bouquets. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Daughter of de Gournay’s Founder Had an English Summer Wedding With Decor Inspired by the Iconic Wallpaper," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While Luque was crowned the winner, the damage to Perry's nose wasn't entirely for nothing -- the match was named Fight of the Night and both men walked away with an extra $50,000. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "UFC fighter Mike Perry just got his nose shattered," 11 Aug. 2019 Kryst joined Miss America Nia Franklin of New York, who was crowned last fall, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris of Connecticut, who won her title in April, and together the women set a new standard for what beauty queens look like. Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Marie Claire, "All Three Major Pageant Titles Belong to Black Women for the First Time in History," 5 Aug. 2019 The new rule ensured that either Mr Djokovic or Mr Federer would be crowned champion before one of them collapsed from exhaustion. J.s., The Economist, "Novak Djokovic wins the most thrilling men’s tennis match ever," 16 July 2019 On his recent engagement to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South African who was crowned Miss Universe in 2017. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Tim Tebow brings more buzz, fans to the stands, but he's looking for more hits," 15 July 2019 Play will resume Monday night and then again on Tuesday night, when a champion will eventually be crowned. Todd Stewart,, "World Series of Poker main event: Florida pro finishes 6th, winning $1.85 million," 15 July 2019 Watch the video above to see who was crowned as this year’s champion. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard County 2019 Fan’s Choice Player of Year Competition: Centennial vs Marriotts Ridge," 9 July 2019 Heck, this four-team showcase in Salt Lake City doesn’t even have a champion crowned at the end like Las Vegas. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein’s search for ‘small victories’ that will define the season -- Chris Fedor," 3 July 2019 Just two weeks after being crowned KHSAA state softball champions, the Bulldogs ace pitcher picked her future school. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Male softball standout pitcher Kelsie Houchens commits to Western Kentucky," 29 June 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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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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