Meaning of “throne” in the English Dictionary

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"throne" in British English

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thronenoun [ C ]

uk /θrəʊn/ us /θroʊn/

C2 the special chair used by a ruler, especially a king or queen

the throne

C2 the state of being a ruler:

Elizabeth II ascended/came to the throne (= became queen of Britain) when her father died.
Queen Victoria was on the throne (= was queen) at that time.
Charles is next in line to the throne (= will become king next).

More examples

  • Queen Elizabeth II mounted the throne in 1952.
  • His subjects knelt before the throne.
  • The throne was carved from oak.

(Definition of “throne” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"throne" in American English

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thronenoun [ C ]

us /θroʊn/

a special chair used by a king or queen, or the condition of being such a ruler:

He is heir to the throne.

(Definition of “throne” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)