- the chair or seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on ceremonial occasions, usually raised on a dais and covered with a canopy.
- the office or dignity of a sovereign: He came to the throne by succession.
- the occupant of a throne; sovereign.
- sovereign power or authority: to address one's pleas to the throne.
- an episcopal office or authority: the diocesan throne.
- mourners' bench.
- thrones, an order of angels.Compare angel(def 1).
- Facetious. a toilet.
- to sit on or as on a throne.
Origin of throne
Examples from the Web for throne
Then, as I sat here on this “throne,” this beautiful choir struck my ears and senses.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
The wonderful reign of Queen Elizabeth has everyone worried about what will happen when her crank of a son takes the throne.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
So, when Juan Carlos was put on the throne by Franco, he was said to be stone broke.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
The Tudors who succeeded Richard to the throne reinforced their own legitimacy by setting out systematically to trash him.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
George is the first offspring of a “commoner” in 350 years to become heir to the throne.Happy Birthday, Prince George! Will the Wee Royal Be the First King of the 22nd Century?
July 21, 2014
On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.
Fifty years before Queen Victoria had ascended the throne of England.
Either the help I implored wasn't good for me, or my voice couldn't soar to His throne.The Conquest of Fear
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
- 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
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.
Idioms and Phrases with throne
see power behind the throne.