noun, plural co·ro·nas, co·ro·nae [kuh-roh-nee] /kəˈroʊ ni/.

Nearby words

  1. corollate,
  2. coromandel,
  3. coromandel coast,
  4. coromandel work,
  5. coromuel,
  6. corona australis,
  7. corona borealis,
  8. corona discharge,
  9. corona glandis,
  10. corona radiata

Origin of corona

1555–65; < Latin corōna garland, crown < Greek korṓnē crown, curved object; akin to korōnís curved, beaked, kórax crow1, raven




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British Dictionary definitions for corona


noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)

a circle of light around a luminous body, usually the moon
Also called: aureole the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere, visible as a faint halo during a solar eclipse
architect the flat vertical face of a cornice just above the soffit
something resembling a corona or halo
a circular chandelier suspended from the roof of a church
  1. the trumpet-shaped part of the corolla of daffodils and similar plants; the crown
  2. a crown of leafy outgrowths from inside the petals of some flowers
anatomy a crownlike structure, such as the top of the head
zoology the head or upper surface of an animal, such as the body of an echinoid or the disc and arms of a crinoid
a long cigar with blunt ends
physics short for corona discharge

Word Origin for corona

C16: from Latin: crown, from Greek korōne anything curved; related to Greek korōnis wreath, korax crow, Latin curvus curved

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Word Origin and History for corona



1650s, from Latin corona "crown, garland" (see crown (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for corona



n. pl. co•ro•nas

The crownlike upper portion of a body part or structure, such as the top of the head.

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Science definitions for corona



Plural coronas coronae (kə-rō)

The luminous, irregular envelope of gas outside the chromosphere of a star. The Sun's corona is composed of ionized gas between approximately 1,000,000°K and 2,000,000°K and has an extremely low density. This phenomenon is visible only during a solar eclipse.
A faintly colored luminous ring appearing to surround a celestial body (such as the Moon or Sun) that is visible through a haze or thin cloud, caused by diffraction of light from suspended matter in the intervening medium. Also called aureole
A faint glow of the air in the region of very strong electric fields, caused by ionization of the air molecules and flow of current in that region in corona discharge.
The crownlike upper portion of a bodily part or structure, such as the top of the head.
A crown-shaped structure on the inner side of the petals of some flowers, such as the daffodil.
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