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throne

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noun \ ˈthrōn \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of throne

1 a :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

Examples of throne in a Sentence

  1. The king sat on his throne.

  2. He is next in line for the throne.

  3. the heir to the throne

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Origin and Etymology of throne

Middle English trone, throne, from Anglo-French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos — more at firm


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throne

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Definition of throne

throned; throning
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

First Known Use of throne

14th century



THRONE Defined for English Language Learners

throne

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Definition of throne for English Language Learners

  • : the special chair for a king, queen, or other powerful person

  • the throne : the position of king or queen


THRONE Defined for Kids

throne

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noun \ ˈthrōn \

Definition of throne for Students

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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