representing a level of surpassing achievement, attainment, etc.; supreme: crowning accomplishment.
forming or providing a crown, top, or summit: a crowning star on a Christmas tree.

Origin of crowning




any of various types of headgear worn by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty, often made of precious metal and ornamented with valuable gems.
a similar ornamental headgear worn by a person designated king or queen in a pageant, contest, etc.
an ornamental wreath or circlet for the head, conferred by the ancients as a mark of victory, athletic or military distinction, etc.
the distinction that comes from a great achievement.
the power or dominion of a sovereign.
(often initial capital letter) the sovereign as head of the state, or the supreme governing power of a state under a monarchical government.
any crownlike emblem or design, as in a heraldic crest.
the top or highest part of anything, as of a hat or a mountain.
the top of the head: Jack fell down and broke his crown.
  1. the part of a tooth that is covered by enamel.
  2. an artificial substitute, as of gold or porcelain, for the crown of a tooth.
the highest point of any construction of convex section or outline, as an arch, vault, deck, or road.
the highest or most nearly perfect state of anything.
an exalting or chief attribute.
the acme or supreme source of honor, excellence, beauty, etc.
something having the form of a crown, as the corona of a flower.
  1. the leaves and living branches of a tree.
  2. the point at which the root of a seed plant joins the stem.
  3. a circle of appendages on the throat of the corolla; corona.
the crest, as of a bird.
  1. a termination of a tower consisting of a lanternlike steeple supported entirely by a number of flying buttresses.
  2. any ornamental termination of a tower or turret.
Also called button. Horology. a knurled knob for winding a watch.
any of various coins bearing the figure of a crown or crowned head.
a former silver coin of the United Kingdom, equal to five shillings: retained in circulation equal to 25 new pence after decimalization in 1971.
the monetary unit of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden: a krona or krone.
  1. the koruna of the former Czechoslovakia.
  2. the koruna of the Czech Republic.
a crimped metal bottle cap.
Cookery. crown roast.
Also called bezel, top. Jewelry. the part of a cut gem above the girdle.
a drill bit consisting of a metal matrix holding diamond chips.
Also called head. Nautical. the part of an anchor at which the arms join the shank.
  1. a slight convexity given to a pulley supporting a flat belt in order to center the belt.
  2. a slight convexity given to the outer faces of the teeth of two gears so that they mesh toward their centers rather than at the ends.
a size of printing paper, 15 × 20 inches (38 × 51 cm).Compare double crown.
Nautical, Machinery. swallow1(def 13).
Knots. a knot made by interweaving the strands at the end of a rope, often made as the beginning of a back splice or as the first stage in tying a more elaborate knot.
a crownpiece.

verb (used with object)

to invest with a regal crown, or with regal dignity and power.
to place a crown or garland upon the head of.
to honor or reward; invest with honor, dignity, etc.
to be at the top or highest part of.
to complete worthily; bring to a successful or triumphant conclusion: The award crowned his career.
Informal. to hit on the top of the head: She crowned her brother with a picture book.
to give to (a construction) an upper surface of convex section or outline.
to cap (a tooth) with a false crown.
Checkers. to change (a checker) into a king after having safely reached the last row.
Knots. to form a crown on (the end of a rope).

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crowning

Contemporary Examples of crowning

Historical Examples of crowning

  • The secret of this crowning charm was, perhaps, that she was a new sensation.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • So this, then, was the crowning reward of all his sufferings and all his love!

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • What matter how or when the crowning moment of full surrender comes?

  • And why not, since obedience is the crowning glory of the German mind?

  • He paces up and down the hall, crowning his dream with wreaths of smoke.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for crowning



obstetrics the stage of labour when the infant's head is passing through the vaginal opening



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
  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)
  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


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
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Word Origin and History for crowning



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crowning in Medicine




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.


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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crowning in Culture


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

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