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.
  • intransitive v. To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. 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.

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)



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  • Also see see.

    June 13, 2013

  • "Since then there had been no farther communication between them, and he had built up within himself a kind of sanctuary in which she throned among his secret thoughts and longings."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009

  • Thrones also occupy the third level in the hierarchy of angels, below the Seraphim and Cherubim. Depending on who you believe, they look like, well, thrones. That is, unless they appear as a "beryl-coloured wheel-within-a-wheel, their rims covered with hundreds of eyes".

    July 23, 2009

  • “A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.�?
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

    July 23, 2009

  • sanctuary, heaven, sublimity

    July 23, 2009