\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, everyone knows Queen Elizabeth II, heir to the throne Prince Charles, and younger royals like Prince Harry and Prince William. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 20 May 2022 So hanging in the balance was the heir to the East throne. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2022 Other contenders for the Heritage House throne include Antonio (Tonatiuh), whose coming-out Joe handled poorly, and ultra-ambitious and frustratingly overlooked Mateo (Augusto Aguilera). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 The throne speech will be the first delivered by Simon, a former diplomat who is Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 The Pixel series has often felt more like an afterthought than a real challenger to Samsung’s Android throne. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 Nov. 2021 Snook's character, nicknamed Shiv, is an heir to the Roy fortune, and sometimes the apparent heir to the company throne. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 Because Prince Albert never married Coste, their son, Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, is not technically in line to the Monegasque throne; Prince Albert didn't even acknowledge him until 2005. Jeva Lange, The Week, 15 Sep. 2021 Game of Thrones used to be the only genre television show sitting on the Emmys throne. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 27 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 19 Jan. 2018 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Throne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ 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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