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. 25.
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.
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 stones.
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.
Large arrears of pay were due to the civil and military servants of the crown.
4. Imperial or regal power or dominion; sovereignty.
There is a power behind the crown greater than the crown itself.
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. 31.
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.
Prov. xvi. 4.
6. Highest state; acme; consummation; perfection.
Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.
7. The topmost part of anything; the summit.
The steepy crown of the bare mountains.
8. The topmost part of the head (see Illust. of Bird.); that part of the head from which the hair descends
toward the sides and back; also, the head or brain.
From toe to crown he'll fill our skin with pinches.
Twenty things which I set down:
This done, I twenty more-had in my crown.
9. The part of a hat above the brim.
10. (Anat.) The part of a tooth which projects above the gum; also, the top or grinding surface of a
11. (Arch.) The vertex or top of an arch; applied generally to about one third of the curve, but in a
pointed arch to the apex only.
12. (Bot.) Same as Corona.