the chair or seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on ceremonial occasions, usually raised on a dais and covered with a canopy.
the office or dignity of a sovereign: He came to the throne by succession.
the occupant of a throne; sovereign.
sovereign power or authority: to address one's pleas to the throne.
an episcopal office or authority: the diocesan throne.
thrones, an order of angels. Compare angel ( def 1 ).
Facetious. a toilet.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), throned, throning.
to sit on or as on a throne.

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin thronus < Greek thrónos high seat; replacing Middle English trone < Old French < Latin, as above

throneless, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
throne (θrəʊn)
1.  the ceremonial seat occupied by a monarch, bishop, etc on occasions of state
2.  the power, duties, or rank ascribed to a royal person
3.  a person holding royal rank
4.  (plural; often capital) the third of the nine orders into which the angels are traditionally divided in medieval angelology
5.  to place or be placed on a throne
[C13: from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos throne]

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Word Origin & History

c.1240, from O.Fr. trone (12c.), from L. thronus, from Gk. thronos "elevated seat, chair, throne," from PIE base *dher- "to hold firmly, support" (cf. L. firmus "firm, steadfast, strong, stable," Skt. dharma "statute, law;" see firm (adj.)). Colloquial meaning "toilet" is recorded from 1922.
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Bible Dictionary

Throne definition

(Heb. kiss'e), a royal chair or seat of dignity (Deut. 17:18; 2 Sam. 7:13; Ps. 45:6); an elevated seat with a canopy and hangings, which cover it. It denotes the seat of the high priest in 1 Sam. 1:9; 4:13, and of a provincial governor in Neh. 3:7 and Ps. 122:5. The throne of Solomon is described at length in 1 Kings 10:18-20.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


see power behind the throne.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
No throne or crown appears in the portrait destined for the land without
Pretenders to the throne, nevertheless, keep appearing.
Protests will continue but, backed by a loyal and efficient army, the king will
  manage to stay on the throne.
Some say he has been the real power behind the throne for years.
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