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Throne Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    throne n
  1. the chair of state of a monarch, bishop, etc.; "the king sat on his throne"
  2. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination [syn: toilet, can, commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool]
  3. the position and power of one who occupies a throne v
  4. sit on the throne as a ruler
  5. put a monarch on the throne; "The Queen was enthroned more than 50 years ago" [syn: enthrone] [ant: dethrone]
Throne Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Throne \Throne\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Throned; p. pr. & vb. n. Throning.]
  1. To place on a royal seat; to enthrone. --Shak.
  2. To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt. True image of the Father, whether throned In the bosom of bliss, and light of light. --Milton.
Throne Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Throne \Throne\, v. i. To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne. --Shak.
Throne Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Throne \Throne\, n. [OE. trone, F. tr[^o]ne, L. thronus, Gr. ?; cf. ? a bench, ? a footstool, ? to set one's self, to sit, Skr. dhara[.n]a supporting, dh[.r] to hold fast, carry, and E. firm, a.]
  1. A chair of state, commonly a royal seat, but sometimes the seat of a prince, bishop, or other high dignitary. The noble king is set up in his throne. --Chaucer. High on a throne of royal state. --Milton.
  2. Hence, sovereign power and dignity; also, the one who occupies a throne, or is invested with sovereign authority; an exalted or dignified personage. Only in the throne will I be greater than thou. --Gen. xli. 40. To mold a mighty state's decrees, And shape the whisper of the throne. --Tennyson.
  3. pl. A high order of angels in the celestial hierarchy; -- a meaning given by the schoolmen. --Milton. Great Sire! whom thrones celestial ceaseless sing. --Young.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Throne'


A throne is the official chair or seat upon which a monarch is seated on state or ceremonial occasions. "Throne" in an abstract sense can also refer to the monarchy or the Crown itself, an instance of metonymy, and is also used in many terms such as "the power behind the throne".

The depiction of monarchs and deities as seated on chairs is a common topos in the iconography of the Ancient Near East.

The word throne itself is from Greek θρόνος (thronos), "seat, chair", The Achaeans (according to Homer) were known to place additional, empty thrones in the royal palaces and temples so that the gods could be seated when they wished to be. The most famous of these thrones was the throne of Apollo in Amyclae.

The Romans also had two types of thrones- one for the Emperor and one for the goddess Roma whose statues were seated upon thrones, which became centers of worship.

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* Wailing and lamentation befit those who stand before the throne of life and depart without leaving in its hands a drop of the sweat of their brows or the blood of their hearts. - Kahlil Gibran

* Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass. - Michel de Montaigne

* This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. - William Shakespeare


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