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[throhn] /θroʊn/
the chair or seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on ceremonial occasions, usually raised on a dais and covered with a canopy.
the office or dignity of a sovereign:
He came to the throne by succession.
the occupant of a throne; sovereign.
sovereign power or authority:
to address one's pleas to the throne.
an episcopal office or authority:
the diocesan throne.
thrones, an order of angels.
Compare angel (def 1).
Facetious. a toilet.
verb (used with or without object), throned, throning.
to sit on or as on a throne.
Origin of throne
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin thronus < Greek thrónos high seat; replacing Middle English trone < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
throneless, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Fifty years before Queen Victoria had ascended the throne of England.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Either the help I implored wasn't good for me, or my voice couldn't soar to His throne.

  • I feel myself to be back upon my throne when I look at them.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • At night, our couch will be on a platform surmounted by a canopy like a throne.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for throne


the ceremonial seat occupied by a monarch, bishop, etc on occasions of state
the power, duties, or rank ascribed to a royal person
a person holding royal rank
(pl; often capital) the third of the nine orders into which the angels are traditionally divided in medieval angelology
to place or be placed on a throne
Derived Forms
throneless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos throne
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Word Origin and History for throne

mid-13c., from Old French trone (12c.), from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos "elevated seat, chair, throne," from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (cf. Latin firmus "firm, steadfast, strong, stable," Sanskrit dharma "statute, law;" see firm (adj.)). Colloquial meaning "toilet" is recorded from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for throne



A toilet; john, shitter (1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with throne
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