crown

[kroun]

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of crown

1125–75; Middle English coroune, cr(o)une < Anglo-French coroune < Latin corōna wreath; see corona
Related formscrown·less, adjectivere·crown, verb (used with object)

crow

2
[kroh]

verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crow·ing.

to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.
to gloat, boast, or exult (often followed by over).
to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.

noun

the characteristic cry of a rooster.
an inarticulate cry of pleasure.

Origin of crow

2
before 1000; Middle English crowen, Old English crāwan; cognate with Dutch kraaien, German krähen; see crow1
Related formscrow·er, nouncrow·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for crow

2. vaunt, brag.
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Examples from the Web for crown

Contemporary Examples of crown

Historical Examples of crown

  • I wonder that they have not wit to learn English now that they have come under the English crown.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Why, you jack-fool, what would it be about save who should wear the crown of France?

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • She took the crown from her head with her own hands, and ceased to be the ruler of Sweden.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • No fear of any trouble from him after that, in the way of plots for the Crown, or things of that sort.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The martyr's crown awaits them, for they display the martyr's spirit.



British Dictionary definitions for crown

crown

noun

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. historya 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 objectcrown of a hill; crown of the head
the centre part of a road, esp when it is cambered
botany
  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 (def. 6)
zoology
  1. the cup and arms of a crinoid, as distinct from the stem
  2. the crest of a bird
the outstanding quality, achievement, state, etcthe crown of his achievements
  1. the enamel-covered part of a tooth above the gum
  2. artificial crowna 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 (tr)

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 ofhe crowned the pie with cream
to confer a title, dignity, or reward uponhe crowned her best cook
to form the summit or topmost part ofthe steeple crowned the tower
to cap or put the finishing touch to a series of eventsto 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 Formscrownless, adjective

Word Origin for crown

C12: from Old French corone, from Latin corōna wreath, crown, from Greek korōnē crown, something curved

Crown

noun the Crown (sometimes not capital)

the sovereignty or realm of a monarch
  1. the government of a constitutional monarchy
  2. (as modifier)Crown property

Crow

noun

plural Crows or Crow a member of a Native American people living in E Montana
the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family

crow

1

noun

any large gregarious songbird of the genus Corvus, esp C. corone (the carrion crow) of Europe and Asia: family Corvidae . Other species are the raven, rook, and jackdaw and all have a heavy bill, glossy black plumage, and rounded wingsSee also carrion crow Related adjective: corvine
any of various other corvine birds, such as the jay, magpie, and nutcracker
any of various similar birds of other families
offensive an old or ugly woman
short for crowbar
as the crow flies as directly as possible
eat crow US and Canadian informal to be forced to do something humiliating
stone the crows stone

Word Origin for crow

Old English crāwa; related to Old Norse krāka, Old High German krāia, Dutch kraai

crow

2

verb (intr)

(past tense crowed or crew) to utter a shrill squawking sound, as a cock
(often foll by over) to boast one's superiority
(esp of babies) to utter cries of pleasure

noun

the act or an instance of crowing
Derived Formscrower, nouncrowingly, adverb

Word Origin for crow

Old English crāwan; related to Old High German krāen, Dutch kraaien
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Word Origin and History for crown
n.

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.

v.

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.

Crow

Indian tribe of the American Midwest, the name is a rough translation of their own name, Apsaruke.

crow

n.

Old English crawe, imitative of bird's cry. Phrase eat crow is perhaps based on the notion that the bird is edible when boiled but hardly agreeable; first attested 1851, American English, but said to date to War of 1812 (Walter Etecroue turns up 1361 in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London). Crow's foot "wrinkle around the corner of the eye" is late 14c. Phrase as the crow flies first recorded 1800.

crow

v.

Old English crawian "make a loud noise like a crow" (see crow (n.)); sense of "exult in triumph" is 1520s, perhaps in part because the English crow is a carrion-eater. Related: Crowed; crowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for crown

crown

[kroun]

n.

The top or highest part of bodily structure, especially the head.
The part of a tooth that is covered by enamel and projects beyond the gum line.
An artificial substitute for the natural crown of a tooth.

v.

To put a crown on a tooth.
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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Culture definitions for crown

crown

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

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Idioms and Phrases with crown

crow

In addition to the idiom beginning with crow

  • crown jewels
  • crow over

also see:

  • as the crow flies
  • eat crow
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