[ krou-ning ]
/ ˈkraʊ nɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. crownbeard,
  2. crowned,
  3. crowned head,
  4. crowner,
  5. crownet,
  6. crownland,
  7. crownpiece,
  8. crownwork,
  9. crowstep,
  10. croydon

Origin of crowning


[ kroun ]
/ kraʊn /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for crowning


/ (ˈkraʊnɪŋ) /


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


/ (kraʊn) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formscrownless, adjective

Word Origin for crown

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


/ (kraʊn) /

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
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Medicine definitions for crowning


[ kroun ]


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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Culture definitions for crowning


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

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