throne

1 of 2

noun

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

throne

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verb

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

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
Prince of Wales has been given to the heir apparent to the English throne since the early 1300s. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 The bright constellation Cassiopeia resembles an upside-down W or a right-side-up M. That W or M outlines Cassiopeia’s throne. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 Monét has more than earned her throne beneath the spotlight. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2024 Drawn back to his home nation of Wakanda following his father’s death to assume the king’s throne, T’Challa (a.k.a. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 21 Jan. 2024 Crown Prince Christian is now the 18-year-old heir to Denmark's throne. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 The heir to England’s throne hosted an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle and was then set to attend a London Air Ambulance fundraising gala, AFP reports. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 But as the direct heir to the British throne, he’ll likely be needed to help cover official duties and engagements, as Charles handles the daily red boxes and keeps across state business during his treatment. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Charlotte is currently 11th in line for the Monegasque throne, following her elder brothers Andrea, Pierre, and all of their young children. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024
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 | Cstephenson@al.com, 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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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of throne was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Throne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throne. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

throne

1 of 2 noun
1
: the chair of state of a monarch or bishop
2
: royal power and dignity

throne

2 of 2 verb
throned; throning
: to seat on a throne : enthrone
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