[noun kawr-uh-nl, kor-; adjective kuh-rohn-l, kawr-uh-nl, kor-]


a crown; coronet.
a garland.


Nearby words

  1. coronach,
  2. coronado,
  3. coronado, francisco,
  4. coronado, francisco vásquez de,
  5. coronagraph,
  6. coronal hole,
  7. coronal mass ejection,
  8. coronal plane,
  9. coronal suture,
  10. coronarism

Origin of coronal

1300–50; Middle English < Latin corōnālis, equivalent to Latin corōn(a) crown + -ālis -al1

Related formscor·o·naled; especially British, cor·o·nalled, adjectiveco·ro·nal·ly, adverbnon·co·ro·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coronal


noun (ˈkɒrənəl)

poetic a circlet for the head; crown
a wreath or garland
anatomy short for coronal suture

adjective (kəˈrəʊnəl)

of or relating to a corona or coronal
phonetics a less common word for retroflex

Word Origin for coronal

C16: from Late Latin corōnālis belonging to a crown

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Word Origin and History for coronal



1540s, "pertaining to a crown" (or, later, to one of the extended senses of Latin corona), from French coronal (16c.), from Latin coronalis, from corona (see crown (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for coronal


[kôrə-nəl, kə-rōnəl]


Of or relating to a corona, especially of the head.
Of, relating to, or having the direction of the coronal suture or of the plane dividing the body into front and back portions.

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