\ 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

Charlotte, age 4 and fourth in line to the throne, was dropped off by her parents at Thomas's Battersea, along with her older brother Prince George who also attends the fee-paying south London school. Rory Sullivan, CNN, "Princess Charlotte arrives for first day of school with Kate and William," 5 Sep. 2019 Seth Trucks, a fine actor with lots of Shakespearean experience, is the heretofore valiant Macbeth, a man initially undecided about murdering Duncan in order to make real the witches’ prophesy of his ascension to the throne., "Review: A dark and earnest ‘Macbeth’ from New City Players," 16 Aug. 2019 The Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate held by the heir to the throne, has a vast portfolio of land in southeast England, stretching across farmland and coast, and containing residential and commercial properties. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "The British Royal Family’s Costs Are Skyrocketing. Here’s Why," 29 June 2019 In January 2015 he was appointed minister of defense after Salman’s ascent and made second-in-line to the throne. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 Tutankhamun ascended the throne at age nine, ruling until his death at age 18 or 19. Washington Post, "Egypt begins restoration on King Tut’s golden coffin," 4 Aug. 2019 Since his father, King Salman, ascended to the throne in 2015, the crown prince, 33, has begun initiatives aimed at diversifying the economy away from oil, confronting Iran, and loosening the kingdom’s notoriously strict social customs. Ben Hubbard,, "Saudi Arabia chips away at oppressive system by granting women travel rights," 2 Aug. 2019 Algeria is the new king of African football, and the country's fans knew exactly how to celebrate their team's return to the throne. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Thousands of Fans Celebrate Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations Win in Algiers," 21 July 2019 At the end of the play, everything after the final battle, is replaced by an impassioned, poetic speech about the politics of power written and performed by Jamey Williams, who playfully portrays Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Macbeth’ in SF gets stunning update, with mixed results," 19 July 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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