Hypertext Webster Gateway: "crown"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(1.) Denotes the plate of gold in the front of the high priest's
mitre (Ex. 29:6; 39:30). The same Hebrew word so rendered
(ne'zer) denotes the diadem worn by Saul in battle (2 Sam.
1:10), and also that which was used at the coronation of Joash
(2 Kings 11:12).

(2.) The more general name in Hebrew for a crown is _'atarah_,
meaning a "circlet." This is used of crowns and head ornaments
of divers kinds, including royal crowns. Such was the crown
taken from the king of Ammon by David (2 Sam. 12:30). The crown
worn by the Assyrian kings was a high mitre, sometimes adorned
with flowers. There are sculptures also representing the crowns
worn by the early Egyptian and Persian kings. Sometimes a diadem
surrounded the royal head-dress of two or three fillets. This
probably signified that the wearer had dominion over two or
three countries. In Rev. 12:3; 13:1, we read of "many crowns," a
token of extended dominion.

(3.) The ancient Persian crown (Esther 1:11; 2:17; 6:8) was
called _kether_; i.e., "a chaplet," a high cap or tiara. Crowns
were worn sometimes to represent honour and power (Ezek. 23:42).
They were worn at marriages (Cant. 3:11; Isa. 61:10,
"ornaments;" R.V., "a garland"), and at feasts and public

The crown was among the Romans and Greeks a symbol of victory
and reward. The crown or wreath worn by the victors in the
Olympic games was made of leaves of the wild olive; in the
Pythian games, of laurel; in the Nemean games, of parsley; and
in the Isthmian games, of the pine. The Romans bestowed the
"civic crown" on him who saved the life of a citizen. It was
made of the leaves of the oak. In opposition to all these fading
crowns the apostles speak of the incorruptible crown, the crown
of life (James 1:12; Rev. 2:10) "that fadeth not away" (1 Pet.
5:4, Gr. amarantinos; comp. 1:4). Probably the word "amaranth"
was applied to flowers we call "everlasting," the "immortal

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Crow \Crow\ (kr?), v. i. [imp. {Crew} (kr?) or {Crowed} (kr?d);
p. p. {Crowed} ({Crown} (kr?n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n.
{Crowing}.] [AS. cr?wan; akin to D. kraijen, G. kr?hen, cf.
Lith. groti to croak. [root]24. Cf. {Crake}.]
1. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a cock, either
in joy, gayety, or defiance. ``The cock had crown.''

The morning cock crew loud. --Shak.

2. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.

3. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.

The sweetest little maid, That ever crowed for
kisses. --Tennyson.

{To crow over}, to exult over a vanquished antagonist.

Sennacherib crowing over poor Jerusalem. --Bp. Hall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Crown \Crown\ (kroun), n. [OE. corone, coroun, crune, croun, OF.
corone, corune, F. couronne, fr. L. corona crown, wreath;
akin to Gr. korw`nh anything curved, crown; cf. also L.
curvus curved, E. curve, curb, Gael. cruinn round, W. crwn.
Cf. {Cornice}, {Corona}, {Coroner}, {Coronet}.]
1. A wreath or garland, or any ornamental fillet encircling
the head, especially as a reward of victory or mark of
honorable distinction; hence, anything given on account
of, or obtained by, faithful or successful effort; a
reward. ``An olive branch and laurel crown.'' --Shak.

They do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible. --1 Cor. ix.

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a
crown of life. --Rev. ii. 10.

2. A royal headdress or cap of sovereignty, worn by emperors,
kings, princes, etc.

Note: Nobles wear coronets; the triple crown of the pope is
usually called a tiara. The crown of England is a
circle of gold with crosses, fleurs-de-lis, and
imperial arches, inclosing a crimson velvet cap, and
ornamented with thousands of diamonds and precious

3. The person entitled to wear a regal or imperial crown; the
sovereign; -- with the definite article.

Parliament may be dissolved by the demise of the
crown. --Blackstone.

Large arrears of pay were due to the civil and
military servants of the crown. --Macaulay.

4. Imperial or regal power or dominion; sovereignty.

There is a power behind the crown greater than the
crown itself. --Junius.

5. Anything which imparts beauty, splendor, honor, dignity,
or finish.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found
in the way of righteousness. --Prov. xvi.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. --Prov.
xvi. 4.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Crown \Crown\ (kr?n),
p. p. of {Crow}. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Crown \Crown\ (kroun), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crowned} (kround);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Crowning}.] [OE. coronen, corunen, crunien,
crounien, OF. coroner, F. couronner, fr. L. coronare, fr.
corona a crown. See {Crown}, n.]
1. To cover, decorate, or invest with a crown; hence, to
invest with royal dignity and power.

Her who fairest does appear, Crown her queen of all
the year. --Dryden.

Crown him, and say, ``Long live our emperor.''

2. To bestow something upon as a mark of honor, dignity, or
recompense; to adorn; to dignify.

Thou . . . hast crowned him with glory and honor.
--Ps. viii. 5.

3. To form the topmost or finishing part of; to complete; to
consummate; to perfect.

Amidst the grove that crowns yon tufted hill.

One day shall crown the alliance. --Shak.

To crown the whole, came a proposition. --Motley.

4. (Mech.) To cause to round upward; to make anything higher
at the middle than at the edges, as the face of a machine

5. (Mil.) To effect a lodgment upon, as upon the crest of the
glacis, or the summit of the breach.

{To crown a knot} (Naut.), to lay the ends of the strands
over and under each other.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the crown as a symbol of a monarchy; "the colonies revolted
against the crown"
2: the enamel covered part of a tooth above the gum
3: a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
4: an ornamental jewelled headdress signifying sovereignty
[syn: {diadem}]
5: the part of a hat (the vertex) covering the crown of the
6: the uppermost part of a shape; "at the peak of the pyramid"
[syn: {peak}, {summit}]
7: an English coin worth 5 shillings
8: the upper branches and leaves of a tree [syn: {capitulum}, {treetop}]
9: the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak
was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of
Monadnock" [syn: {peak}, {crest}, {top}, {tip}, {summit}]
10: the award given to the champion [syn: {pennant}]
11: the top of the head [syn: {pate}, {poll}]
12: the center of a cambered road [syn: {crest}]
v 1: invest with regal power; enthrone; "The prince was crowned
in Westminster Abbey" [syn: {coronate}]
2: be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting"
[syn: {top}]
3: form the topmost part of; "A weather vane crowns the
4: put a crown on; "crown my teeth"

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