Definition of throne in US English:

throne

noun

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

    • ‘Angelique yawned and shifted sideways in the throne for comfort, lifting her legs over the right arm rest.’
    • ‘Its throne room, edict room, and imperial apartments still remain as a monument preserving the dream world of mandarin China.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Out of the shadows behind the gilded throne seat stepped a familiar figure.’
    • ‘The doors led into a large throne room, decorated with marble pillars and stained glass windows.’
    • ‘Their resemblance to thrones is an ironic reflection of the violent bases of power.’
    • ‘A large and very ornate throne sat on the far wall, but no one occupied it.’
    • ‘Prominent features will be four thrones carved from rock and placed on an axis representing north, south, east and west.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Splayed backs also feature prominently on the coronation thrones made for George III and Queen Charlotte in 1760.’
    • ‘Approach the throne of God with an open, expectant heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The throne room of Nebuchadnezzar shows some signs of Greek influence in design.’
    • ‘Seat your deity on the velvet thrones garnished with the traditional karigari.’
    • ‘Although a comfortable-looking row of chairs sat facing the throne, he did not take a seat.’
    • ‘The Holy Spirit advocates Jesus' case and cause to us just as Jesus advocates ours in the heavenly throne room.’
    • ‘The Knossos throne room has a magnificent throne flanked by wall paintings showing griffins and projects an image of divine power.’
    • ‘Two massive golden thrones sat in the center of one end of the enormous room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were several seats on either side of the throne, and eight chairs had been placed in a semicircle opposite it.’
    seat of state, royal seat
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    1. 1.1the throne Used to signify sovereign power.
      ‘the heir to the throne’
      • ‘But behind the scenes, the powers around the throne understood who they were dealing with.’
      • ‘Leaders come and go, but the power is behind the throne.’
      • ‘When he abdicated his throne, the Princes were each given their own fiefdoms.’
      • ‘The royal couple left the Netherlands to ascend the British throne in 1689.’
      • ‘He has never renounced his claim to the throne of a kingdom which no longer exists.’
      • ‘Someone (who will remain nameless) thinks Charles should abdicate the British throne and come out here instead.’
      • ‘When his friend took over the Papal throne, Galileo thought he would finally find a sympathetic ear.’
      • ‘He is mentioned almost weekly as the heir apparent to some imminently vacant throne.’
      • ‘What everybody forgot was that, with no Empress or heirs to the throne, there was a distinct power void.’
      • ‘By law females are ineligible to succeed to the Imperial throne.’
      • ‘Henry was recognised as heir to the French throne and regent of France.’
      • ‘To usurp is to wrongfully assume power or the throne, to encroach upon something.’
      • ‘Sophia's son ascended the British throne as George I, the first of the Hanoverian kings.’
      • ‘In the throne speech amendment, you agreed to hold a vote on missile defense.’
      • ‘He came to the throne of the Frankish kingdom in 771 and ruled until 814.’
      • ‘They are the powers around the throne, and often they know their own importance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His mysterious death in Naples in 1495 ended European hopes of placing a sympathetic figure on the Ottoman throne.’
      • ‘Just because she had a direct line to the throne and its power, she was dotted over and swarmed with flattery and adoration.’
      sovereign power, sovereignty, rule, command, dominion
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    2. 1.2humorous A toilet.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I climbed up on the throne and got comfortable and did my business.’
      • ‘The toilet is a mighty throne, and the tub is like a giant overturned turtle shell filled with nectar and ambrosia.’
    3. 1.3thrones (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.’

verb

[with object]usually be throned
literary
  • Place (someone) on a throne.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

throne

/THrōn//θroʊn/