\ˈthrōn \

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

To reclaim his place as the rightful heir to the throne, a young shepherd must abandon his true love. Kathleen Dixon,, "Bay Area arts and entertainment highlights, week of July 15," 11 July 2018 Charlotte, who's fourth in line to the throne, is already excelling at being an older sibling. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Tells Paparazzi "You're Not Coming" at Prince Louis' Christening," 10 July 2018 Lena is 19th in the line of succession to the British throne behind her sister and mother Zara, daughter of Princess Anne. Caitlyn Richard, Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Tindall reveals royal newborn's name," 27 June 2018 William, who is second in line to the throne, is traveling without his wife, Kate Middleton , who delivered their third child at the end of April. Jewish Journal, "Prince William's Israel tour marks first official royal visit," 25 June 2018 In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV., "This day in history," 20 June 2018 While Beckham recently attended a wedding for the sixth in line to the British throne, David Bentley was shaking up yet another Espresso Martini for a drunk Brit in Marbella., "Pascal Chimbonda & 24 Other Classic Premier League Players You'd Forgotten: No. 12 - David Bentley," 24 May 2018 Kensington Palace said Friday that Markle asked the heir to the British throne to offer a supporting elbow Saturday at the wedding in St. George's Chapel in Windsor once Markle's father was unable to attend after falling ill. Danica Kirka And Gregory Katz,, "Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at royal wedding," 18 May 2018 For new arrivals on this planet, Prince Harry -- sixth in line to the British throne -- is to marry American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "FA Cup final offers as much tradition and intrigue as a royal wedding," 18 May 2018

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 throne : the position of king or queen


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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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