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

to sit on or as on a throne.

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

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Contemporary Examples of throne

Historical Examples of throne

  • On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Fifty years before Queen Victoria had ascended the throne of England.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Either the help I implored wasn't good for me, or my voice couldn't soar to His throne.

  • I feel myself to be back upon my throne when I look at them.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At night, our couch will be on a platform surmounted by a canopy like a throne.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for throne



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with throne


see power behind the throne.

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