Definition of throne in English:



  • 1A ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure.

    • ‘Two massive golden thrones sat in the center of one end of the enormous room.’
    • ‘The Knossos throne room has a magnificent throne flanked by wall paintings showing griffins and projects an image of divine power.’
    • ‘Although a comfortable-looking row of chairs sat facing the throne, he did not take a seat.’
    • ‘He was seated on his throne in a ceremonial Osiris-like pose, but his eyes betrayed his curiosity.’
    • ‘The Throne's many pieces are arranged symmetrically on either side of a main throne chair.’
    • ‘Its throne room, edict room, and imperial apartments still remain as a monument preserving the dream world of mandarin China.’
    • ‘Out of the shadows behind the gilded throne seat stepped a familiar figure.’
    • ‘Prominent features will be four thrones carved from rock and placed on an axis representing north, south, east and west.’
    • ‘The throne room of Nebuchadnezzar shows some signs of Greek influence in design.’
    • ‘A large and very ornate throne sat on the far wall, but no one occupied it.’
    • ‘Their thrones are placed at the gate of the capital city of Israel, a space that was once occupied by a threshing floor prior to the construction of Samaria.’
    • ‘Angelique yawned and shifted sideways in the throne for comfort, lifting her legs over the right arm rest.’
    • ‘And I confer upon you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’
    • ‘Splayed backs also feature prominently on the coronation thrones made for George III and Queen Charlotte in 1760.’
    • ‘The Holy Spirit advocates Jesus' case and cause to us just as Jesus advocates ours in the heavenly throne room.’
    • ‘There were several seats on either side of the throne, and eight chairs had been placed in a semicircle opposite it.’
    • ‘Greek inscriptions covering the backs of the thrones command Antiochus' people to process up the mountain on the anniversaries of his birth and coronation to make sacrificial offerings on the altar in front of him.’
    • ‘The doors led into a large throne room, decorated with marble pillars and stained glass windows.’
    • ‘Hard as it may be for the sort of people who sit on thrones at their weddings to comprehend, it isn't always all about you.’
    • ‘Approach the throne of God with an open, expectant heart.’
    • ‘Their resemblance to thrones is an ironic reflection of the violent bases of power.’
    • ‘To the right of St Edward's chair was another chair of state in which the King was to sit during the sermon, and opposite this on the north side of the chancel were the purple thrones of the bishops.’
    • ‘Seat your deity on the velvet thrones garnished with the traditional karigari.’
    seat of state, royal seat
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    1. 1.1Used to signify sovereign power.
      ‘the heir to the throne’
      • ‘Henry was recognised as heir to the French throne and regent of France.’
      • ‘Someone (who will remain nameless) thinks Charles should abdicate the British throne and come out here instead.’
      • ‘Born in Scotland, he moved to England in 1604 after his father ascended the English throne.’
      • ‘Let me suggest that for William, heir to the throne, the monarchy is a Gordian knot whose time for cutting is well overdue.’
      • ‘When he abdicated his throne, the Princes were each given their own fiefdoms.’
      • ‘Leaders come and go, but the power is behind the throne.’
      • ‘They are the powers around the throne, and often they know their own importance.’
      • ‘Just because she had a direct line to the throne and its power, she was dotted over and swarmed with flattery and adoration.’
      • ‘He came to the throne of the Frankish kingdom in 771 and ruled until 814.’
      • ‘In the throne speech amendment, you agreed to hold a vote on missile defense.’
      • ‘The royal couple left the Netherlands to ascend the British throne in 1689.’
      • ‘What everybody forgot was that, with no Empress or heirs to the throne, there was a distinct power void.’
      • ‘But behind the scenes, the powers around the throne understood who they were dealing with.’
      • ‘To usurp is to wrongfully assume power or the throne, to encroach upon something.’
      • ‘When his friend took over the Papal throne, Galileo thought he would finally find a sympathetic ear.’
      • ‘He has never renounced his claim to the throne of a kingdom which no longer exists.’
      • ‘Sophia's son ascended the British throne as George I, the first of the Hanoverian kings.’
      • ‘His mysterious death in Naples in 1495 ended European hopes of placing a sympathetic figure on the Ottoman throne.’
      • ‘By law females are ineligible to succeed to the Imperial throne.’
      • ‘He is mentioned almost weekly as the heir apparent to some imminently vacant throne.’
      sovereign power, sovereignty, rule, command, dominion
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    2. 1.2humorous A toilet.
      • ‘The toilet is a mighty throne, and the tub is like a giant overturned turtle shell filled with nectar and ambrosia.’
      • ‘We vow to return on the train and try out the ‘twobicles’ - the double thrones in the ladies toilets - or be arrested in the attempt.’
      • ‘I climbed up on the throne and got comfortable and did my business.’
      • ‘It has the city's quirkiest bathrooms - with expertly renovated antique lavatories that are veritable thrones.’
      • ‘A few years ago, one of our local papers printed a cartoon about Elvis' death on the throne.’
    3. 1.3(in traditional Christian angelology) the third-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
      • ‘And he is seeking angels, thrones, powers, dominions and arch angels alike to come and join him.’
      • ‘There's a category of angels called "Thrones" who typically appear as wheels in the sky.’


[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Place (someone) on a throne.

    ‘the king was throned on a rock’
    • ‘On the hill sat two upright throned sarcophagi.’
    • ‘However, his reign also didn't last long and in 717 Leo III was throned.’
    • ‘How long after the invasion until William was throned?’
    • ‘The throned figured pondered the thought for a moment.’
    • ‘The Chorus mentions that Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus are very similar to each other, ‘twin throned, twin sceptered, in twofold power.’’


Middle English: from Old French trone, via Latin from Greek thronos elevated seat.