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

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

  • n. A reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  • n. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
  • n. A representation of such a headdress, as in heraldry; it may even be that only the image exists, no physical crown, as in the case of the kingdom of Belgium; by analogy such crowns can be awarded to moral persons that don't even have a head, as the mural crown for cities in heraldry
  • n. A wreath or band for the head.
  • n. Imperial or regal power, or those who wield it.
  • n. The topmost part of the head.
  • n. The highest part a hill.
  • n. The top part of a hat.
  • n. The raised centre of a road.
  • n. The highest part of an arch.
  • n. Splendor, finish, culmination.
  • n. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress)
  • n. Specifically, a former British coin worth five shillings.
  • n. The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  • n. The part of a tooth above the gums.
  • n. A prosthetic covering for a tooth.
  • n. A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  • n. The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
  • n. A standard size of printing paper measuring 20 inches x 15 inches.
  • n. A monocyclic ligand having three or more binding sites, capable of holding a guest in a central location
  • n. During childbirth, the appearance of the baby's head from the mother's vagina
  • n. A rounding or smoothing of the barrel opening
  • adj. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown.
  • adj. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees.
  • v. To place a crown on the head of.
  • v. To formally declare (someone) a king or emperor.
  • v. To declare (someone) a winner.
  • v. Of a baby, during the birthing process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening.
  • v. To cause to round upward; to make anything higher at the middle than at the edges, such as the face of a machine pulley.
  • v. To hit on the head
  • v. To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  • v. In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king.
  • v. To widen the opening of the barrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of crow.
  • n. A wreath or garland, or any ornamental fillet encircling the head, especially as a reward of victory or mark of honorable distinction; hence, anything given on account of, or obtained by, faithful or successful effort; a reward.
  • n. A royal headdress or cap of sovereignty, worn by emperors, kings, princes, etc.
  • n. The person entitled to wear a regal or imperial crown; the sovereign; -- with the definite article.
  • n. Imperial or regal power or dominion; sovereignty.
  • n. Anything which imparts beauty, splendor, honor, dignity, or finish.
  • n. Highest state; acme; consummation; perfection.
  • n. The topmost part of anything; the summit.
  • n. The topmost part of the head (see Illust. of Bird.); that part of the head from which the hair descends toward the sides and back; also, the head or brain.
  • n. The part of a hat above the brim.
  • n. The part of a tooth which projects above the gum; also, the top or grinding surface of a tooth.
  • n. The vertex or top of an arch; -- applied generally to about one third of the curve, but in a pointed arch to the apex only.
  • n. Same as Corona.
  • n.
  • n. That part of an anchor where the arms are joined to the shank.
  • n. The rounding, or rounded part, of the deck from a level line.
  • n. The bights formed by the several turns of a cable.
  • n. The upper range of facets in a rose diamond.
  • n. The dome of a furnace.
  • n. The area inclosed between two concentric perimeters.
  • n. A round spot shaved clean on the top of the head, as a mark of the clerical state; the tonsure.
  • n. A size of writing paper. See under Paper.
  • n. A coin stamped with the image of a crown; hence,a denomination of money.20; the Danish or Norwegian crown, a money of account, etc., worth nearly twenty-seven cents.
  • n. An ornaments or decoration representing a crown.
  • transitive v. To cover, decorate, or invest with a crown; hence, to invest with royal dignity and power.
  • transitive v. To bestow something upon as a mark of honor, dignity, or recompense; to adorn; to dignify.
  • transitive v. To form the topmost or finishing part of; to complete; to consummate; to perfect.
  • transitive v. To cause to round upward; to make anything higher at the middle than at the edges, as the face of a machine pulley.
  • transitive v. To effect a lodgment upon, as upon the crest of the glacis, or the summit of the breach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornament for the head; originally, among the ancients, a wreath or garland; hence, any wreath or garland worn on the head; a coronal.
  • n. An ornament or covering for the head worn as a Symbol of sovereignty.
  • n. Figuratively, regal power; royalty kingly government.
  • n. The wearer of a crown; the sovereign as head of the state.
  • n. Honorary distinction; reward; guerdon.
  • n. A crowning honor or distinction; an exalting attribute or condition.
  • n. The top or highest part of something; the uppermost part or eminence, likened to a crown.
  • n. The top of a hat or other covering for the head.
  • n. The summit of a mountain or other elevated object.
  • n. The end of the shank of an anchor, or the point from which the arms proceed; the part where the arms are joined to the shank. See cut under anchor.
  • n. In lapidaries' work, the part of a cut gem above the girdle. See cut under brilliant.
  • n. In mech., any terminal flat member of a structure.
  • n. In architecture, the uppermost member of a cornice; the corona or larmier.
  • n. The face of an anvil.
  • n. The highest or central part of a road, causeway, bridge, etc.
  • n. The crest, as of a bird.
  • n. Completion; consummation; highest or most perfect state; acme.
  • n. A little circle shaved on the top of the head as a mark of ecclesiastical office or distinction; the tonsure.
  • n. That part of a tooth which appears above the gum; especially, that part of a molar tooth which opposes the same part of a tooth of the opposite jaw.
  • n. In geometry, the area inclosed between two concentric circles.
  • n. In botany, a circle of appendages on the throat of the corolla, etc. See corona, 6.
  • n. A coin generally bearing a crown or a crowned head on the reverse.
  • n. In Great Britain, a printing-paper of the size 15 × 20 inches: so called from the water-mark of a crown, once given exclusively to this size.
  • n. In the United States, a writing-paper of the size 15 × 19 inches.
  • n. Nautical, a kind of knot made with the strands of a rope. See crown, v. t., 9.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Bavaria, founded by King Maximilian Joseph I. in 1808. It is granted to persons who have attained distinction in the civil service of the state.
  • n. The Imperial Order of the Crown of India, founded in 1878 for ladies, at the time of the assumption by Queen Victoria of the title Empress of India. It includes a number of Indian women of the highest rank.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Italy, founded by King Victor Emmanuel in 1868.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Prussia, founded by King William I. on his coronation in 1861.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Rumania, founded by King Charles on assuming the royal title in 1881.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Saxony, founded by King Frederick Augustus in 1807, soon after his assumption of the kingly title. It is of but one class, and limited to persons of high rank.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Siam, founded in 1869.
  • n. The Order of the Crown of Würtemberg, founded by King William I. in 1818.
  • Relating to, pertaining to, or connected with the crown or royal possessions and authority: as, the crown jewels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n.
  • n. The horizontal cap-piece or collar of a set of mine timbers. Also called crown-tree.
  • n. That part of the bridle of a harness which extends over the horse's head and to which the checks are attached.
  • n. In agriculture, the middle line of a ridge of land, formed by two furrow-slices laid back to back.
  • n. In bell-founding, the top of a bell, of which the cannons are parts and to which the tongue is attached within. Also called pallet.
  • n. Same as howell.
  • n. The summit of a root, as of a beet or turnip, the leaf-bases forming a circle.
  • n. The leaves and living branches of a tree.
  • n. An abbreviation of crown-glass.
  • n. See triple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. invest with regal power; enthrone
  • n. (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth
  • n. the center of a cambered road
  • v. form the topmost part of
  • n. the award given to the champion
  • v. put an enamel cover on
  • n. the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head
  • n. the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy
  • n. an English coin worth 5 shillings
  • n. the part of a tooth above the gum that is covered with enamel
  • n. the upper branches and leaves of a tree or other plant
  • n. the top of the head
  • n. the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
  • v. be the culminating event
  • n. an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
  • n. a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory


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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin corona ("wreath")


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  • II, with a crown, and so arranged it that the powerful electrical force might be stored in the _crown_.

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  • During services the hat adds an aura to the woman, a certain regal attitude that expresses that this person may of nobility hence the term "crown."

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  • Inside the crown is a good-sized pocket sealed with Velcro.

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  • Talk a little bit about the difficulties of what to release publicly so as not to compromise what they call the crown jewels of intelligence gathering, the sources and methods.

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