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[krou-ning] /ˈkraʊ nɪŋ/
representing a level of surpassing achievement, attainment, etc.; supreme:
crowning accomplishment.
forming or providing a crown, top, or summit:
a crowning star on a Christmas tree.
Origin of crowning
crown + -ing2


[kroun] /kraʊn/
any of various types of headgear worn by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty, often made of precious metal and ornamented with valuable gems.
a similar ornamental headgear worn by a person designated king or queen in a pageant, contest, etc.
an ornamental wreath or circlet for the head, conferred by the ancients as a mark of victory, athletic or military distinction, etc.
the distinction that comes from a great achievement.
the power or dominion of a sovereign.
(often initial capital letter) the sovereign as head of the state, or the supreme governing power of a state under a monarchical government.
any crownlike emblem or design, as in a heraldic crest.
the top or highest part of anything, as of a hat or a mountain.
the top of the head:
Jack fell down and broke his crown.
  1. the part of a tooth that is covered by enamel.
  2. an artificial substitute, as of gold or porcelain, for the crown of a tooth.
the highest point of any construction of convex section or outline, as an arch, vault, deck, or road.
the highest or most nearly perfect state of anything.
an exalting or chief attribute.
the acme or supreme source of honor, excellence, beauty, etc.
something having the form of a crown, as the corona of a flower.
  1. the leaves and living branches of a tree.
  2. the point at which the root of a seed plant joins the stem.
  3. a circle of appendages on the throat of the corolla; corona.
the crest, as of a bird.
  1. a termination of a tower consisting of a lanternlike steeple supported entirely by a number of flying buttresses.
  2. any ornamental termination of a tower or turret.
Also called button. Horology. a knurled knob for winding a watch.
any of various coins bearing the figure of a crown or crowned head.
a former silver coin of the United Kingdom, equal to five shillings: retained in circulation equal to 25 new pence after decimalization in 1971.
the monetary unit of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden: a krona or krone.
  1. the koruna of the former Czechoslovakia.
  2. the koruna of the Czech Republic.
a crimped metal bottle cap.
Cookery. crown roast.
Also called bezel, top. Jewelry. the part of a cut gem above the girdle.
a drill bit consisting of a metal matrix holding diamond chips.
Also called head. Nautical. the part of an anchor at which the arms join the shank.
  1. a slight convexity given to a pulley supporting a flat belt in order to center the belt.
  2. a slight convexity given to the outer faces of the teeth of two gears so that they mesh toward their centers rather than at the ends.
a size of printing paper, 15 × 20 inches (38 × 51 cm).
Compare double crown.
Nautical, Machinery. swallow1 (def 13).
Knots. a knot made by interweaving the strands at the end of a rope, often made as the beginning of a back splice or as the first stage in tying a more elaborate knot.
a crownpiece.
verb (used with object)
to invest with a regal crown, or with regal dignity and power.
to place a crown or garland upon the head of.
to honor or reward; invest with honor, dignity, etc.
to be at the top or highest part of.
to complete worthily; bring to a successful or triumphant conclusion:
The award crowned his career.
Informal. to hit on the top of the head:
She crowned her brother with a picture book.
to give to (a construction) an upper surface of convex section or outline.
to cap (a tooth) with a false crown.
Checkers. to change (a checker) into a king after having safely reached the last row.
Knots. to form a crown on (the end of a rope).
verb (used without object)
Medicine/Medical. (of a baby in childbirth) to reach a stage in delivery where the largest diameter of the fetal head is emerging from the pelvic outlet.
1125-75; Middle English coroune, cr(o)une < Anglo-French coroune < Latin corōna wreath; see corona
Related forms
crownless, adjective
recrown, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for crowning


(obstetrics) the stage of labour when the infant's head is passing through the vaginal opening


an ornamental headdress denoting sovereignty, usually made of gold embedded with precious stones
a wreath or garland for the head, awarded as a sign of victory, success, honour, etc
(sometimes capital) monarchy or kingship
an award, distinction, or title, given as an honour to reward merit, victory, etc
anything resembling or symbolizing a crown, such as a sergeant major's badge or a heraldic bearing
  1. (history) a coin worth 25 pence (five shillings)
  2. any of several continental coins, such as the krona or krone, with a name meaning crown
the top or summit of something, esp of a rounded object: crown of a hill, crown of the head
the centre part of a road, esp when it is cambered
  1. the leaves and upper branches of a tree
  2. the junction of root and stem, usually at the level of the ground
  3. another name for corona (sense 6)
  1. the cup and arms of a crinoid, as distinct from the stem
  2. the crest of a bird
the outstanding quality, achievement, state, etc: the crown of his achievements
  1. the enamel-covered part of a tooth above the gum
  2. artificial crown, a substitute crown, usually of gold, porcelain, or acrylic resin, fitted over a decayed or broken tooth
the part of a cut gem above the girdle
(horology) a knurled knob for winding a watch
the part of an anchor where the arms are joined to the shank
the highest part of an arch or vault
a standard size of printing paper, 15 by 20 inches
verb (transitive)
to put a crown on the head of, symbolically vesting with royal title, powers, etc
to place a crown, wreath, garland, etc, on the head of
to place something on or over the head or top of: he crowned the pie with cream
to confer a title, dignity, or reward upon: he crowned her best cook
to form the summit or topmost part of: the steeple crowned the tower
to cap or put the finishing touch to a series of events: to crown it all it rained, too
(draughts) to promote (a draught) to a king by placing another draught on top of it, as after reaching the end of the board
to attach a crown to (a tooth)
(slang) to hit over the head
Derived Forms
crownless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old French corone, from Latin corōna wreath, crown, from Greek korōnē crown, something curved


noun (sometimes not capital) the Crown
the sovereignty or realm of a monarch
  1. the government of a constitutional monarchy
  2. (as modifier): Crown property
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Word Origin and History for crowning



early 12c., "royal crown," from Anglo-French coroune, Old French corone (13c., Modern French couronne), from Latin corona "crown," originally "wreath, garland," related to Greek korone "anything curved, kind of crown." Old English used corona, directly from Latin.

Extended to coins bearing the imprint of a crown (early 15c.), especially the British silver 5-shilling piece. Also monetary units in Iceland, Sweden (krona), Norway, Denmark (krone), and formerly in German Empire and Austria-Hungary (krone). Meaning "top of the skull" is from c.1300. Crown-prince is 1791, a translation of German kronprinz.


late 12c., from Old French coroner, from corone (see crown (n.)). Related: Crowned; crowning. The latter in its sense of "that makes complete" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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crowning in Medicine

crown (kroun)

  1. The top or highest part of bodily structure, especially the head.

  2. The part of a tooth that is covered by enamel and projects beyond the gum line.

  3. An artificial substitute for the natural crown of a tooth.

v. crowned, crown·ing, crowns
  1. To put a crown on a tooth.

  2. To reach a stage in labor when a large segment of the fetal scalp is visible at the vaginal orifice. Used of a fetus or the head of a fetus.

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crowning in Culture

crown definition

The part of a tooth above the gum, covered with enamel.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for crowning



To hit someone, esp on the head; bean, conk: If she finds out she'll crown me (1746+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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crowning in the Bible

(1.) Denotes the plate of gold in the front of the high priest's mitre (Ex. 29:6; 39:30). The same Hebrew word so rendered (ne'zer) denotes the diadem worn by Saul in battle (2 Sam. 1:10), and also that which was used at the coronation of Joash (2 Kings 11:12). (2.) The more general name in Hebrew for a crown is _'atarah_, meaning a "circlet." This is used of crowns and head ornaments of divers kinds, including royal crowns. Such was the crown taken from the king of Ammon by David (2 Sam. 12:30). The crown worn by the Assyrian kings was a high mitre, sometimes adorned with flowers. There are sculptures also representing the crowns worn by the early Egyptian and Persian kings. Sometimes a diadem surrounded the royal head-dress of two or three fillets. This probably signified that the wearer had dominion over two or three countries. In Rev. 12:3; 13:1, we read of "many crowns," a token of extended dominion. (3.) The ancient Persian crown (Esther 1:11; 2:17; 6:8) was called _kether_; i.e., "a chaplet," a high cap or tiara. Crowns were worn sometimes to represent honour and power (Ezek. 23:42). They were worn at marriages (Cant. 3:11; Isa. 61:10, "ornaments;" R.V., "a garland"), and at feasts and public festivals. The crown was among the Romans and Greeks a symbol of victory and reward. The crown or wreath worn by the victors in the Olympic games was made of leaves of the wild olive; in the Pythian games, of laurel; in the Nemean games, of parsley; and in the Isthmian games, of the pine. The Romans bestowed the "civic crown" on him who saved the life of a citizen. It was made of the leaves of the oak. In opposition to all these fading crowns the apostles speak of the incorruptible crown, the crown of life (James 1:12; Rev. 2:10) "that fadeth not away" (1 Pet. 5:4, Gr. amarantinos; comp. 1:4). Probably the word "amaranth" was applied to flowers we call "everlasting," the "immortal amaranth."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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