\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

Prince Charles, next in line to the British throne, turned 70 yesterday—and the royal family celebrated in style. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Prince Charles’s Glamorous Birthday Party at Buckingham Palace," 15 Nov. 2018 Despite being closely related to the heirs to the British throne, the baby boy will not hold a royal title. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Gives Birth to a Baby Boy," 16 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the grand British tradition of betting on every public occurrence has already begun: Betfair’s latest odds have the leading possible names of the royal baby, who will be seventh in line for the British throne, as Diana, Arthur, and Alice. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Confirming speculation at Friday’s royal wedding, Kensington Palace announced the news Monday.," 15 Oct. 2018 Princes William and Harry may be heirs to the British throne, but their late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, was always determined to give her sons a sense of normalcy. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana spent her Saturday nights eating McDonald's with sons William and Harry, says former butler," 19 Sep. 2018 The new royal baby — whose name has not yet been announced — is now fifth in line for the British throne after older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Ruth Kinane,, "It's a boy! Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome third child," 23 Apr. 2018 Saudi Arabia’s 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tried to assert Riyadh’s ambition to lead the Middle East ever since his father ascended to the throne in 2015. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 This spring, the heir apparent caused quite a stir when an update to his personal website removed information about his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her future title upon his ascension to the throne. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 Royal Central reports that this was due to a change in the rules of succession, which made female children equal to male children in line to the throne. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Lady Louise Windsor? Princess Eugenie's 'Special Attendant' Is Also Her Cousin," 12 Oct. 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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