see also: Crown
  • (RP, America) IPA: /kɹaʊn/

crown (plural crowns)

  1. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
    Synonyms: coronet, diadem
  2. A wreath or band for the head, especially one given as reward of victory or a mark of honor.
    Synonyms: garland, wreath
  3. (by extension) Any reward of victory or mark of honor.
    Synonyms: award, garland, honor, prize, wreath
    the martyr's crown
  4. Imperial or regal power, or those who wield it.
    Synonyms: monarchy, royalty
  5. (metonym) The sovereign (in a monarchy), as head of state.
    • Parliament may be dissolved by the demise of the crown.
  6. (by extension, especially in legal) The state, the government (headed by a monarch).
    Treasure recovered from shipwrecks automatically becomes property of the Crown.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 10, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  7. The top part of something:
    1. The topmost part of the head.
      Synonyms: apex, top
      • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
        From toe to crown he'll fill our skin with pinches.
      • Twenty things which I set down: / This done, I twenty more had in my crown.
    2. The highest part of a hill.
      Synonyms: apex, peak, summit, top
      Antonyms: base, bottom, foot
      • 1697, John Dryden translating Virgil, The Aeneid
        the steepy crown of the bare mountains
    3. The top section of a hat, above the brim.
    4. The raised centre of a road.
    5. The highest part of an arch.
    6. The upper range of facets in a rose diamond.
    7. The dome of a furnace.
  8. (architecture) A kind of spire or lantern formed by converging flying buttresses.
  9. Splendor; culmination; acme.
    Synonyms: completion, culmination, finish, splendor
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      mutual love, the crown of all our bliss
  10. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress); (translation) various currencies known by similar names in their native languages, such as the koruna, kruna, krone, korona.
  11. (historical) A former pre-decimalization British coin worth five shillings.
    Synonyms: caser, tusheroon, tush, tosheroon, tosh, bull, caroon, thick-un, coachwheel, cartwheel
  12. (botany) The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  13. (forestry) The top of a tree.
  14. (anatomy) The part of a tooth above the gums.
    Synonyms: corona
  15. (dentistry) A prosthetic covering for a tooth.
  16. (nautical) A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  17. (nautical) The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
  18. (nautical) The rounding, or rounded part, of the deck from a level line.
  19. (nautical, in the plural) The bights formed by the turns of a cable.
  20. (paper) In England, a standard size of printing paper measuring 20 × 15 inches.
  21. (paper) In American, a standard size of writing paper measuring 19 × 15 inches.
  22. (chemistry) A monocyclic ligand having three or more binding sites, capable of holding a guest in a central location
  23. (medical) During childbirth, the appearance of the baby's head from the mother's vagina
    • 2007, David Schottke, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, First Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care, page 385
      You will see the baby's head crowning during contractions, at which time you must prepare to assist the mother in the delivery of the baby.
  24. (firearms) A rounding or smoothing of the barrel opening
  25. (geometry) The area enclosed between two concentric perimeters.
  26. (religion) A round spot shaved clean on the top of the head, as a mark of the clerical state; the tonsure.
  27. A whole bird with the legs and wings removed to produce a joint of white meat.
  28. (AAVE, colloquial) A formal hat worn by women to Sunday church services; a church crown.
  29. The knurled knob or dial, on the outside of a watch case, used to wind it or adjust the hands.
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  • French: lauriers
  • Portuguese: medalha de honra
  • Russian: вене́ц
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  • French: clef
  • Italian: chiave di volta
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  • Italian: corona
  • Russian: кро́на
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  • Italian: corona
  • Portuguese: coroa
  • Russian: коро́нка
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crown (not comparable)

  1. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown.
    crown prince
  2. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees.
    a crown fire
  • French: de la couronne
  • German: kronen-
  • Portuguese: da coroa
  • Russian: насле́дный

crown (crowns, present participle crowning; past and past participle crowned)

  1. To place a crown on the head of.
  2. To formally declare (someone) a king, queen, emperor, etc.
    • Her who fairest does appear, / Crown her queen of all the year.
  3. To bestow something upon as a mark of honour, dignity, or recompense; to adorn; to dignify.
    • Bible, Psalms 8:5
      Thou […] hast crowned him with glory and honour.
  4. To form the topmost or finishing part of; to complete; to consummate; to perfect.
    • the grove that crowns yon tufted hill
    • To crown the whole, came a proposition.
  5. To declare (someone) a winner.
  6. (medicine) Of a baby, during the birthing process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening.
    The mother was in the second stage of labor and the fetus had just crowned, prompting a round of encouragement from the midwives.
  7. (transitive) To cause to round upward; to make anything higher at the middle than at the edges, such as the face of a machine pulley.
  8. To hit on the head.
  9. (video games) To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  10. (board games) In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king.
    Crown me!” I said, as I moved my checker to the back row.
  11. (firearms) To widen the opening of the barrel.
  12. (military) To effect a lodgment upon, as upon the crest of the glacis, or the summit of the breach.
  13. (nautical) To lay the ends of the strands of (a knot) over and under each other.
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  1. (archaic) past participle of crow#English|crow
    • 1823, Byron, Don Juan
      The cock had crown.

Proper noun
  1. (government) The sovereign, in a monarchic country.
  2. (government) The government, in a monarchic country.
  3. (Canada, legal) A Crown attorney.

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