[ throhn ]
/ θroʊn /


verb (used with or without object), throned, thron·ing.

to sit on or as on a throne.

Nearby words

  1. thrombosthenin,
  2. thrombotic,
  3. thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura,
  4. thromboxane,
  5. thrombus,
  6. throne room,
  7. throng,
  8. thronner,
  9. thronos,
  10. throstle

Origin of throne

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin thronus < Greek thrónos high seat; replacing Middle English trone < Old French < Latin, as above

Related formsthrone·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for throne

British Dictionary definitions for throne


/ (θrəʊn) /


the ceremonial seat occupied by a monarch, bishop, etc on occasions of state
the power, duties, or rank ascribed to a royal person
a person holding royal rank
(plural; often capital) the third of the nine orders into which the angels are traditionally divided in medieval angelology


to place or be placed on a throne
Derived Formsthroneless, adjective

Word Origin for throne

C13: from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos throne

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Word Origin and History for throne



mid-13c., from Old French trone (12c.), from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos "elevated seat, chair, throne," from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (cf. Latin firmus "firm, steadfast, strong, stable," Sanskrit dharma "statute, law;" see firm (adj.)). Colloquial meaning "toilet" is recorded from 1922.

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Idioms and Phrases with throne


see power behind the throne.

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