\ 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 After all, he's made of the clay from Hell, which gave him a unique right to the throne. Martha Sorren,, "What You Actually Need To Remember From Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Part 3," 30 Dec. 2020 In Europe, until very recently, G2 easily batted away every pretender to the throne. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 In 2014, Juan Carlos abdicated the throne that then went to Felipe, who has taken steps to shield the monarchy from the scandals. Fox News, "Ex-Spanish King Juan Carlos in UAE amid growing financial scandal, royal officials confirm," 17 Aug. 2020 In 2014, Juan Carlos abdicated the throne in favor of his son Felipe, 52. Jeannette Neumann,, "Former King Abandons Spain in Disgrace as Legal Woes Pile Up," 3 Aug. 2020 The little one will be 11th in line to the throne, following Eugenie herself. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Revealed Her Pregnancy Bump in a Printed Mini Dress," 22 Dec. 2020 After the abdication, when her father came to the throne, there was a huge lack of respect for the Windsor family. Rachel Burchfield, Glamour, "Could Queen Elizabeth II Be the Last Queen of England?," 21 Dec. 2020 Her fascinating life and historic role at the helm of the British throne is the subject of the latest book from Taschen, aptly titled Her Majesty. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "See a Rare Look at Queen Elizabeth II's Public and Private Life in the New Book, Her Majesty," 13 Nov. 2020 While his taking of the throne came as prescribed by Kuwait's constitution, there likely will be negotiations behind the scenes in the weeks ahead over who will become the country's next crown prince. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And like Clemson last year, LSU de-throned the defending champion in the title game (winning 42-25), though this one was on a 29-game winning streak. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: Did Joe Burrow & LSU just have the greatest season in college football history?," 14 Jan. 2020 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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15 Jan 2021

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“Throne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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