• (British) IPA: [θɹəʊn]
  • (America) IPA: [θɹoʊn]
  • (obsolete) IPA: [tɹoʊn]

throne (plural thrones)

  1. An impressive seat used by a monarch, often on a raised dais in a throne room and reserved for formal occasions.
    He approached the throne reverently.
    Elizabeth has sat upon the throne of England for six decades.
  2. (figuratively) Leadership, particularly the position of a monarch.
  3. The seat of a bishop in the cathedral-church of his diocese; also, the seat of a pope.
  4. (jocular) Other seats, particularly:
    1. (euphemism) A seat used for urination or defecation, such as a chamber pot, toilet, or the seat of an outhouse.
      • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things
        "If she has intestinal flu, you probably called while she was on the throne and she didn't want to admit it," Alan said dryly.
    2. (music) A kind of stool used by drummers.
  5. (Christianity) A member of an order of angels ranked above dominions and below cherubim.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, 1:16 ↗:
      For by him were all things created that are in heauen, and that are in earth, visible and inuisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
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throne (thrones, present participle throning; past and past participle throned)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To place on a royal seat; to enthrone.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Fourth”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      True image of the Father, whether throned / In the bosom of bliss, and light of light.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.

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