\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce throne (audio) \

Definition of throne

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the chair of state of a sovereign or high dignitary (such as a bishop)
b : the seat of a deity
2 : royal power and dignity : sovereignty
3 thrones plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy


throned; throning

Definition of throne (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to seat on a throne
2 : to invest with kingly rank or power

intransitive verb

1 : to sit on a throne
2 : to hold kingly power

Examples of throne in a Sentence


The king sat on his throne. He is next in line for the throne. the heir to the throne
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Russia hasn’t had a ruling czar since 1917, when Nicholas II abdicated the throne under pressure from revolutionaries. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Czar Vladimir? Putin Acolytes Want to Bring Back the Monarchy," 13 Dec. 2018 Mary fled to England in 1568, after an uprising forced her to abdicate the Scottish throne in favor of her infant son. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "These Letters Tell the Inside Story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Imprisonment," 8 Jan. 2018 After some debate, Leopold was offered the crown in 1831, and though he had been offered and refused the throne of the newly independent Greece just a year earlier, Leopold accepted, becoming the first king of Belgium. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 Charlotte is currently 11th in line to the throne of Monaco, while her older brother Pierre Casiraghi is 8th. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Another Royal Baby Is Here and It's Grace Kelly's Great-Grandchild," 24 Oct. 2018 The respective stages for Lil Uzi Vert, N.E.R.D. and headliner Eminem were all flooded with thrones of fans of all ages eager to capture the special moments on their phones. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Governors Ball NYC 2018: Eminem Shouts Out Nicki Minaj, Khalid Brings the Sunshine on Day Three," 4 June 2018 Out On V-E Day, the heir to the throne of England and her sister choose fun over duty and choose to go AWOL on V-E day. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "12 great Netflix shows to get you in the mood for the royal wedding," 16 May 2018 Ko, perpetually polite and diplomatic, sidesteps detailed theories on her stunning fall from the throne of women’s golf. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lydia Ko arrives at Lake Merced looking for elusive win," 25 Apr. 2018 Winter may be here, but this throne will keep your pet warm. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Treat Your Pet Like the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms With This GOT-Inspired Bed," 28 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

California currently does not have an official sport, so don’t expect any de-throning drama from other athletes. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Surfing Could Become California’s Official Sport—Here Are the Most Beautiful Places to Catch a Wave," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of throne


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for throne


Middle English trone, throne, from Anglo-French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos — more at firm

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English Language Learners Definition of throne

: the special chair for a king, queen, or other powerful person
: the position of king or queen


\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce throne (audio) \

Kids Definition of throne

1 : the chair used by a monarch or bishop for ceremonies
2 : the position of king or queen He is heir to the throne.

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