from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To install in or occupy a throne.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. The lavatory or toilet.
- n. The third highest order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above dominions and below cherubim.
- n. A type of stool used by drummers.
- n. The leadership.
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To place on a royal seat; to enthrone.
- transitive v. To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt.
- intransitive v. To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chair of state; a seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on occasions of state.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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, 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)
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)