One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The ceremony of crowning a sovereign or a sovereign's consort.
crowning, enthronement, enthroning, accession to the throne, investiture, anointing, inaugurationView synonyms
- ‘After four years of studying in Europe, he returned to Thailand and was crowned during an elaborate and highly intricate ceremony that outdid all previous coronations in Thailand.’
- ‘The last ceremony in which it took place was at the coronation of George IV in 1821.’
- ‘Twice the crown was used at the coronations of infants.’
- ‘Filmed on location in castles and churches, at the sites of coronations, battles and murders, the series brings to life the colourful characters of Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror among others.’
- ‘It is here the kings of Nepal have long been crowned and their coronations solemnized.’
- ‘The rhythm of life was punctuated by the ceremonies that accompanied the coronations, marriages, births, and deaths of princes, by entertainment offered to foreign dignitaries, and by the celebration of the cycle of religious feasts.’
- ‘Like most subjects in England, moreover, subjects in America observed coronations and royal birthdays at a distance, by means of local ceremonies.’
- ‘In Medieval and Tudor times feasts tended to be gargantuan often to celebrate coronations of Kings, religious occasions or end of harvests.’
- ‘Dance is an essential part of many celebrations such as weddings and coronations.’
- ‘Instead, they were grand spectacles with thousands of spectators present to watch the coronations.’
- ‘We decided to delay this ceremony because my coronation as your king will also happen on that very day.’
- ‘I was asked to give a speech at the coronation, which was to be held in a week's time.’
- ‘Its 70 members take part in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament and coronations.’
- ‘Artists have been called upon to depict the celebration of special events when homage has been paid to powerful people on such occasions as coronations and funerals.’
- ‘Some of these men had taken part in all the ceremonies of these years - Henry, Edward, Mary's funerals, the coronations of Anne Boleyn, Edward and Mary.’
- ‘Norway was the most recent remaining European monarchy to replace a coronation ceremony with an enthronement.’
- ‘Similar swords became used by the 9th century for ceremonial purposes too, such as coronations: the sword had become, with the mace, a symbol of majesty.’
- ‘Fifty years to the day when she was crowned Queen in the historic Abbey - scene of coronations for 900 years - she will retrace her steps.’
- ‘This was where all royal weddings were held as well as other sacred ceremonies other than coronations.’
- ‘Faulty equipment, a leaking roof and even a shortage of toilets were just some of the practical problems encountered at coronations and funerals.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin coronatio(n-), from coronare ‘to crown, adorn with a garland’, from corona (see crown).
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