from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ornamental circlet or head covering, often made of precious metal set with jewels and worn as a symbol of sovereignty.
  • noun The power, position, or empire of a monarch or of a state governed by constitutional monarchy.
  • noun The monarch as head of state.
  • noun A distinction or reward for achievement, especially a title signifying championship in a sport.
  • noun Something resembling a diadem in shape.
  • noun A coin stamped with a crown or crowned head on one side.
  • noun A silver coin formerly used in Great Britain and worth five shillings.
  • noun Any one of several coins, such as the koruna, the krona, or the krone, having a name that means “crown.”
  • noun The top or highest part of the head.
  • noun The head itself.
  • noun The top or upper part of a hat.
  • noun The highest point or summit.
  • noun The highest, primary, or most valuable part, attribute, or state.
  • noun The part of a tooth that is covered by enamel and projects beyond the gum line.
  • noun An artificial substitute for the natural crown of a tooth.
  • noun Nautical The lowest part of an anchor, where the arms are joined to the shank.
  • noun Architecture The highest portion of an arch, including the keystone.
  • noun The upper part of a tree, which includes the branches and leaves.
  • noun The part of a plant, usually at ground level, where the stem and roots merge.
  • noun The persistent, mostly underground base of a perennial herb.
  • noun The crest of an animal, especially of a bird.
  • noun The portion of a cut gem above the girdle.
  • intransitive verb To put a crown or garland on the head of.
  • intransitive verb To invest with regal power; enthrone.
  • intransitive verb To confer honor, dignity, or reward upon.
  • intransitive verb To surmount or be the highest part of.
  • intransitive verb To form the crown, top, or chief ornament of.
  • intransitive verb To bring to completion or successful conclusion; consummate.
  • intransitive verb Dentistry To put a crown on (a tooth).
  • intransitive verb Games To make (a piece in checkers that has reached the last row) into a king by placing another piece upon it.
  • intransitive verb Informal To hit on the head.
  • intransitive verb To reach a stage in labor when a large segment of the fetal scalp is visible at the vaginal orifice. Used of a fetus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give a crown or bulge to: as, to crown the surface of a ship's deck.
  • To cut off (the crown), as of a sugar-beet.
  • To bestow a crown or garland upon; place a garland upon the head of.
  • To invest with or as if with a regal crown; hence, to invest with regal dignity and power.
  • To cover as if with a crown.
  • To confer honor, reward, or dignity upon; recompense; dignify; distinguish; adorn.
  • To form the topmost or finishing part of; terminate; complete; fill up, as a bowl with wine; consummate; perfect.
  • Milit., to effect a lodgment and establish works upon, as the crest of the glacis or the summit of a breach.
  • In the game of checkers, to make a king of, or mark as a king: said of placing another piece upon the top of one that has been moved into an opponent's king-row. See checker, 3.
  • To mark with the tonsure, as a sign of admission to the priesthood.
  • Nautical, to form into a sort of knot, as a rope, by passing the strands over and under one another.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English crowne, from Anglo-Norman coroune, from Latin corōna, wreath, garland, crown, from Greek korōnē, anything curved, kind of crown, from korōnos, curved; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin corona ("wreath")


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