Definition of coronation in US English:



  • The ceremony of crowning a sovereign or a sovereign's consort.

    ‘the Queen's coronation’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like most subjects in England, moreover, subjects in America observed coronations and royal birthdays at a distance, by means of local ceremonies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, they were grand spectacles with thousands of spectators present to watch the coronations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Faulty equipment, a leaking roof and even a shortage of toilets were just some of the practical problems encountered at coronations and funerals.’
    • ‘This was where all royal weddings were held as well as other sacred ceremonies other than coronations.’
    • ‘In Medieval and Tudor times feasts tended to be gargantuan often to celebrate coronations of Kings, religious occasions or end of harvests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Norway was the most recent remaining European monarchy to replace a coronation ceremony with an enthronement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We decided to delay this ceremony because my coronation as your king will also happen on that very day.’
    • ‘It is here the kings of Nepal have long been crowned and their coronations solemnized.’
    • ‘Dance is an essential part of many celebrations such as weddings and coronations.’
    • ‘I was asked to give a speech at the coronation, which was to be held in a week's time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its 70 members take part in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament and coronations.’
    • ‘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.’
    crowning, enthronement, enthroning, accession to the throne, investiture, anointing, inauguration
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Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin coronatio(n-), from coronare ‘to crown, adorn with a garland’, from corona (see crown).