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throne Line breaks: throne
Pronunciation: /θrəʊn/

Definition of throne in English:


1A ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure: King Solomon’s great ivory throne [as modifier]: the throne room
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  • He was seated on his throne in a ceremonial Osiris-like pose, but his eyes betrayed his curiosity.
  • 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.
  • The doors led into a large throne room, decorated with marble pillars and stained glass windows.
seat of state, royal seat
1.1 (the throne) Used to signify sovereign power: the heir to the throne
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  • What everybody forgot was that, with no Empress or heirs to the throne, there was a distinct power void.
  • Just because she had a direct line to the throne and its power, she was dotted over and swarmed with flattery and adoration.
  • But behind the scenes, the powers around the throne understood who they were dealing with.
sovereign power, sovereignty, rule, command, dominion
1.2 humorous A toilet.
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  • 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.
  • The toilet is a mighty throne, and the tub is like a giant overturned turtle shell filled with nectar and ambrosia.
  • It has the city's quirkiest bathrooms - with expertly renovated antique lavatories that are veritable thrones.
1.3 (thrones) (In traditional Christian angelology) the third-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
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  • 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 Back to top  
Place (someone) on a throne: the king was throned on a rock
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  • On the hill sat two upright throned sarcophagi.
  • The Chorus mentions that Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus are very similar to each other, ‘twin throned, twin sceptered, in twofold power.’
  • The throned figured pondered the thought for a moment.


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

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