de·​throne | \ di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio) , dē- \
dethroned; dethroning; dethrones

Definition of dethrone

transitive verb

: to remove from a throne or place of power or prominence dethrone a king trying to dethrone the champion

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dethronement \ di-​ˈthrōn-​mənt How to pronounce dethronement (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
dethroner noun

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Examples of dethrone in a Sentence

the nation's last monarch was dethroned in a popular uprising many years ago
Recent Examples on the Web The actress also dethroned one famous couple for the title of fastest to 1 million: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Ale Russian,, "People's Icon! Jennifer Aniston Calls Friends the 'Gift of a Lifetime' at People's Choice Awards," 10 Nov. 2019 Ferrari, who has won the fabled twenty-four-hour race four times in the past five years, must and will be dethroned. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”," 8 Nov. 2019 Reed dethrones Louis Bell atop Hot 100 Producers after the latter led for 17 total weeks. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "'Truth Hurts' Collaborator Ricky Reed Rules Hot 100 Producers Chart," 7 Nov. 2019 To beat ourselves up endlessly and dethrone historical figure after historical figure over white privilege? Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 The 27-time champion Yankees dethroned 2018 World Series champ Boston in the AL East despite a season filled with injuries to top players. NBC News, "MLB playoffs picture: Astros, Dodgers, Yankees vs. everyone else," 30 Sep. 2019 The Starship/Super Heavy combo will dethrone the NASA Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon as the largest and most powerful rocket ever made. Wired, "Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket," 28 Sep. 2019 As for sandwiches, Jersey Mike's dethroned Wawa as this year's No. 1 sandwich joint. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Chick-fil-A named America's favorite fast food restaurant, dethroning In-N-Out," 1 Aug. 2019 Washington certainly has the talent to dethrone the Dodgers and sprint to the World Series. The Si Staff,, "MLB Postseason Predictions: Who's Going to Win the World Series?," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dethrone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dethrone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dethrone

: to take away the power and authority of (a king or queen) : to remove (a king or queen) from power


de·​throne | \ di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio) \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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