[ noun kawr-uh-nl, kor-; adjective kuh-rohn-l, kawr-uh-nl, kor- ]
/ noun ˈkɔr ə nl, ˈkɒr-; adjective kəˈroʊn l, ˈkɔr ə nl, ˈkɒr- /


a crown; coronet.
a garland.


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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