1. A chair occupied, as by a monarch or prelate, as a mark of rank or distinction on state or ceremonial occasions, often situated on a dais and sometimes having a canopy and ornate decoration.
a. One who occupies a throne.
b. The power, dignity, or rank of one who occupies a throne.
3. thrones Christianity The third of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
tr. & intr.v. throned, thron·ing, thrones
To install in or occupy a throne.
[Middle English, alteration of trone, from Old French, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos; see dher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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