American English

Definition of corner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
    of building/object/shape
  1. 1a part of something where two or more sides, lines, or edges join the four corners of a square Write your name on the top right-hand corner of the paper. I hit my knee on the corner of the table. A smile lifted the corner of his mouth. a speck of dirt in the corner of her eye
  2. -cornered
  3. 2(in adjectives) with the number of corners mentioned; involving the number of groups mentioned a three-cornered hat a three-cornered fight
  4. of room/box
  5. 3the place inside a room or a box where two sides join; the area around this place There was a television in the far corner of the room. a corner table/seat/cupboard
  6. of roads
  7. 4a place where two streets join There was a group of youths standing on the street corner. Turn right at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards. There's a hotel on/at the corner of my street. The wind hit him as he turned the corner.
  8. 5a sharp bend in a road The car was taking the corners too fast.
  9. area/region
  10. 6a region or an area of a place (sometimes used for one that is far away or difficult to reach) She lives in a quiet corner of rural Pennsylvania. Students come here from the four corners of the world. He knew every corner of the old town.
  11. difficult situation
  12. 7[usually singular] a difficult situation to back/drive/force someone into a corner They had her in a corner, and there wasn't much she could do about it. He was used to talking his way out of tight corners.
  13. in sports
  14. 8(in sports such as soccer and field hockey) a free kick or hit that you take from the corner of your opponent's end of the field to take a corner The referee awarded a corner. see also corner kick
  15. 9(in boxing and wrestling) any of the four corners of a ring 1; the supporters who help in the corner
  16. Idioms
    (just) around the corner
    jump to other results
    very near Her house is just around the corner. (figurative) There were good times around the corner (= they would soon come).
    cut the corner
    jump to other results
    to go across the corner of an area and not around the sides of it, because it is quicker There's a worn patch on the grass because everyone cuts the corner.
    cut corners (disapproving)
    jump to other results
    to do something in the easiest, cheapest, or quickest way, often by ignoring rules or leaving something out To be competitive, they paid low wages and cut corners on workplace safety.
    see something out of the corner of your eye
    jump to other results
    to see something by accident or not very clearly because you see it from the side of your eye and are not looking straight at it Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him coming closer.
    a tight spot/corner
    jump to other results
    a very difficult or dangerous situation She'll always help if you're in a tight spot.
    turn the corner
    jump to other results
    to pass a very important point in an illness or a difficult situation and begin to improve
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: corner