\ 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


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

Having both an older sister, Princess Isabella, and an older brother, Prince Juan, Juana was considered unlikely to ever ascend to the throne in her native Spain, however that hardly meant that she wasn't expected to be a Queen. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 As sixth in line to the throne, Harry doesn’t typically attend state dinners. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Harry and Meghan’s Instagram ignores Trump’s visit but celebrates Pride Month," 4 June 2019 Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour The pairing makes sense considering both ladies are in line to become queen consorts one day when their husbands ascend to the throne. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Kate Middleton Doesn't Sit Next to Prince William During Trooping the Colour," 3 June 2019 In spite of having the best claim to the throne, Jon Snow does not end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of the series. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Doesn't Jon Snow Rule Westeros at the End of 'Game of Thrones'?," 20 May 2019 But when Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, ascends to the throne, Archie could receive a title. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Archie Could Have a Prince Title Someday—But There's a Catch," 8 May 2019 With the final episode of the star's hit show, Game of Thrones coming to an epic end this Sunday night, let Turner's fierce dramatic liner stand proof that Sansa’s ready for the iron throne. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Sophie Turner's Cool-Girl Makeup Is Straight Out of Winterfell," 15 May 2019 Both teams began 2018-19 expecting to challenge for the Eastern Conference throne abdicated by LeBron James’ departure to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Pacers, Celtics enter playoff matchup looking for redemption," 13 Apr. 2019 Of course, Baby Sussex will be seventh in line for the throne, which puts Prince Harry and Markle in a different position than Prince William and Middleton were in upon the birth of their children, as noted by royals reporter Chris Ship. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Buckingham Palace Just Issued a Rare Statement About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 11 Apr. 2019

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 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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