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[kawr-uh-ney-shuh n, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌkɒr-/
the act or ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or other sovereign.
Origin of coronation
1350-1400; Middle English coronacio(u)n < Anglo-French coronation < Latin coronāt(us) crowned (see coronate) + Middle French -ion- -ion
Related forms
precoronation, noun
recoronation, noun Unabridged
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  • One part of the celebration was the manufacture of a mammoth cake by the same firm that made the coronation cake.

  • The coronation oath was administered in French, in the following terms.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • The object of her visit was to persuade him to accompany her to Rheims, to celebrate his coronation in the cathedral of that city.

    The Comic History Of England Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett
  • So the young Neter-Tua became a queen, and great was the ceremony of her coronation.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • The coronation ceremony took place at Knigsberg on the 18th of January 1701.

British Dictionary definitions for coronation


the act or ceremony of crowning a monarch
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from coroner to crown, from Latin corōnāre
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Word Origin and History for coronation

late 14c., from Late Latin coronationem (nominative coronatio) "a crowning," from past participle stem of Latin coronare "to crown," from corona "crown" (see crown (n.)).

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