\ 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

Noun 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 The decision does not pertain to Princess Estelle, 7, and Prince Oscar, 3 — the children of Crown Princess Victoria, who is heir to the throne, and her husband Prince Daniel. Stephanie Petit,, "See Princess Sofia of Sweden's Unexpected Green Leopard Print Dress — Complete with Tiara!," 13 Nov. 2019 The pair had one son, Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, who is considered the heir apparent to the throne. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘Extremely Evil Misconduct’: Thailand’s Palace Intrigue Spills Into View," 6 Nov. 2019 The dramatic dynamic is this: Catherine, who became ruler of Russia by overthrowing her own husband, Peter II, in a coup d'état, is beset by various challenges to the throne. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Helen Mirren rules in ‘Catherine the Great’," 21 Oct. 2019 In 1990, another 2.5 million were pardoned to celebrate Emperor Akihito's ascension to the throne, according to a report by Japanese news agency Kyodo News. Chie Kobayashi, Yoko Wakatsuki And Julie Zaugg, CNN, "Japan to pardon 550,000 criminals to mark new emperor's enthronement," 18 Oct. 2019 Many in the Black travel world have even attempted to pit the two women against each other forcing both sides to be on the defense and double down on their claim to the throne. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Has Travel Become More About The Influence Than The Actual Experience?," 3 Oct. 2019 Vajiralongkorn came to the throne in 2016 after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for seven decades. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thailand’s king puts key army units under palace authority," 1 Oct. 2019 Acer’s clearly envisioning the Predator Thronos as the, uh, throne of gamers who live and breathe the brand. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Witness the Acer Predator Thronos: A hulking triple-monitor simstation for PC gamers," 29 Aug. 2018 In the United States, two hyphenated fast food joints have sat high upon the thrones of their regional kingdoms. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Chick-fil-A named America's favorite fast food restaurant, dethroning In-N-Out," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of throne was in the 13th century

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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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