un·​crown ˌən-ˈkrau̇n How to pronounce uncrown (audio)
uncrowned; uncrowning; uncrowns

transitive verb

: to take the crown from : dethrone

Examples of uncrown in a Sentence

Edward VIII effectively uncrowned himself when he insisted upon marrying an American divorcée.
Recent Examples on the Web On June 3, 1988, the Pistons uncrowned the Boston Celtics, 95-90, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals to win the series, 4-2. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2020 Many considered him Italy’s uncrowned sovereign, the steward of the country’s economic renaissance from the postwar period through the turbulent 1970s. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncrown was in the 14th century

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“Uncrown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncrown. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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un·​crown ˌən-ˈkrau̇n How to pronounce uncrown (audio)
: to take the crown from : depose, dethrone
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