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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman coroune, curune, corone, from Latin corōna, from Ancient Greek κορώνη (korṓnē).

Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /kuˈruːn(ə)/, /ˈkruːn(ə)/


coroune (plural corounes)

  1. An important, symbolic, or significant piece of headwear:
    1. A crown; a piece or item of royal headgear.
    2. A coronet or tiara; headgear of lesser (religious or secular) leaders.
      • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Apocalips 4:4”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
        And in the cumpas of the ſeete weren foure and twenti ſmale ſeetis; and aboue the troones foure and twenti eldre men ſittinge, hilid aboute with whijt clothis, and in the heedis of hem goldun corouns.
        And around the perimeter of the seat there were twenty-four small seats, and on those seats twenty-four elders sat, wearing white clothing and having golden crowns on their heads.
    3. A garland or circlet (often as a prize for victory).
    4. A nimb or halo; a metaphysical crown.
  2. That which belongs or pertains to a monarch:
    1. Kingly power, might, authority, or legitimacy.
    2. A monarch's property or owndom; that which a king owns.
    3. (rare) A monarch; a ruler of a kingdom.
    4. (rare) The act and ritual of crowning.
  3. The crown, peak or apex of one's head.
  4. A patch of shaved hair (usually of a monk).
  5. The capitulum of a flower or the area of a fruit corresponding to it.
  6. A depiction, likeness, or representation of a crown.
  7. A piece of non-British currency with a crown on it.
  8. (Judaism, historical) A golden stripe surrounding important historic Jewish artifacts.
  9. (rare) A candle holder; a candelabrum.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French coroner.



  1. Alternative form of corounen