American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chair occupied by an exalted personage, such as a sovereign or bishop, on state or ceremonial occasions, often situated on a dais and sometimes having a canopy and ornate decoration.
- n. A personage who occupies a throne.
- n. The power, dignity, or rank of such a personage; sovereignty.
- n. Christianity The third of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
- v. To install in or occupy a throne.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chair of state; a seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on occasions of state. The throne is now usually a decorated arm-chair, not necessarily of remarkable richness, and seldom of great size, but usually raised on a dais of one or two steps, and covered with an ornamental canopy. Ancient and Oriental thrones are described and represented as very elaborate, made in part of precious materials, or raised very high with different substructures, and supported on figures of beasts or men.
- n. Sovereign power and dignity: also, the wielder of that power; also, episcopal authority or rank: often with the definite article.
- n. plural The third order of angels in the first triad of the celestial hierarchy. See celestial hierarchy, under hierarchy.
- To set on a throne; enthrone.
- To set as on a throne; set in an exalted position; exalt.
- To sit on a throne; sit in state as a sovereign.
- n. The ornate seat a king or queen sits on for formal occasions, usually placed on a raised dais in the throne room.
- n. The formal position of a sovereign.
- n. colloquial The lavatory or toilet.
- n. Biblical tradition The third highest order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above dominions and below cherubim.
- n. music A type of stool used by drummers.
- n. figuratively The leadership.
- v. transitive, archaic To place on a royal seat; to enthrone.
- v. transitive, archaic To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt.
- v. intransitive, archaic To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A chair of state, commonly a royal seat, but sometimes the seat of a prince, bishop, or other high dignitary.
- n. Hence, sovereign power and dignity; also, the one who occupies a throne, or is invested with sovereign authority; an exalted or dignified personage.
- n. A high order of angels in the celestial hierarchy; -- a meaning given by the schoolmen.
- v. To place on a royal seat; to enthrone.
- v. To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt.
- v. To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.
- n. the chair of state for a monarch, bishop, etc.
- v. put a monarch on the throne
- n. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
- v. sit on the throne as a ruler
- n. the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
- Middle English trone, from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Ancient Greek θρόνος (thronos, "chair, throne"). Early Modern English spelling modified to conform with Latin and Greek etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, alteration of trone, from Old French, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos; see dher- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Today the throne is among 90 objects from the emperor's garden -- buildings, furniture, murals, paintings, jade and cloisonné -- in an exhibit that opened in September at PEM in Salem.”
“If anyone saw Bill Richardson and James Carville on Larry King last night, well, Bill Richardson said it best when he said that the Clinton's think the throne is theirs and will do anything to take it back because they think they are entitled.”
“One morning, about a week after we had finished up our painting job, Gilberto had something new for us to docleaning out the receptacle bin under what he called the throne room.”
“It is the indestructible kingdom which he calls the throne of David on which the Lord sat.”
“Behind the throne is a place for the noblemens sonns minors to be, to give them opportunity to heare and instruct them in the Laws of England.”
“Usually the throne is hereditary, but while the succession in some States is in the male line, in others it is in the female, a sister's son being the heir; and there are instances in which the chiefs have elected a sultan or rajah.”
“Saunders!" cried the hearty voice of Captain Truck, who had taken possession of what he called his throne in the cabin.”
“This intimates that he who sits upon the throne is the Mediator of the covenant, that his dominion is for our protection, not our destruction, that he interposes between us and the judgments our sins have deserved, and that all the promises of God are in him yea and amen.”
“For my own part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity, that the throne is a glorious sepulchre.”
“In elective monarchies, the vacancy of the throne is a moment big with danger and mischief.”
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