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Definition of throne noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies
  2. 2the throne [singular] the position of being a king or queen Queen Elizabeth came/succeeded to the throne in 1952. when Henry VIII was on the throne (= was king) Prince Charles is next in line to the British throne.
  3. Idioms
    the (real) power behind the throne
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    the person who really controls an organization, a country, etc. in contrast to the person who is legally in charge The president's wife was suspected of being the real power behind the throne.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: throne