\ 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

Noun 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 Joe Jonas Looks like a new Instagram Husband has taken the throne! Sophie Dodd,, "Presenting ... 21 Celebrity Instagram Husbands Who Know Their Place in This World," 6 Jan. 2020 Johnson is the 14th prime minister since the queen took the throne in 1952 — the first was Winston Churchill. NBC News, "Boris Johnson set to win clear majority in U.K. election, exit poll suggests," 12 Dec. 2019 Since taking the throne in 2014, Queen Letizia of Spain has been a style icon in her own right. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Letizia Redefines Royal Style in a Black Feathered Suit," 5 Nov. 2019 Formosus showed favor to Arnulf of Carinthia, a Frankish king of the Carolingian imperial dynasty, who aspired to take the throne as King of Italy. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones No, Daenerys didn't end up taking the throne, but the Mother of Dragons was still a force to be reckoned with. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "20 Best TV Show Costume Ideas for a Small Screen-Inspired Halloween," 23 July 2019 In upcoming years, when Prince Charles takes the throne as king, the Duchess of Cornwall's value will surely grown even more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Camilla Parker Bowles Had Such a Huge Net Worth Before Marrying Prince Charles," 10 July 2019 Perhaps with additional connections for bicycles, wider facilities, clearer wayfinding, and stricter enforcement of mopeds in the cycle tracks, Amsterdam can kick Copenhagen off its perch in 2021, and take back the throne. 3. Copenhagenize Design Co., WIRED, "The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked," 27 June 2019 Stark’s long been considered a contender to take the throne—as is Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Arya. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Says Game of Thrones Fans Are Going to Be 'Upset' About Sansa Stark's Fate," 19 May 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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The first known use of throne was in the 13th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Throne.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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