1. representing a level of the highest possible achievement or attainment
; - Example: "the crowning accomplishment of his career"
2. forming or providing a crown or summit
; - Example: "the crowning star on a Christmas tree"- Example: "her hair was her crowning glory"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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." --Shak.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: representing a level of the highest possible achievement
or attainment; "the crowning accomplishment of his
2: forming or providing a crown or summit; "the crowning star on
a Christmas tree"; "her hair was her crowning glory"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "crowning":
arch, banner, capital, capping, cardinal, central, champion, chief,
closing, completing, completive, completory, concluding,
conclusive, consummating, consummative, consummatory, culminating,
culminative, dominant, ending, final, finalizing, finishing, first,
focal, foremost, fulfilling, great, heading, headmost, hegemonic,
last, leading, magisterial, main, master, outtopping, overruling,
overtopping, paramount, perfecting, perfective, predominant,
preeminent, preponderant, prevailing, primal, primary, prime,
principal, ranking, ruling, sovereign, star, stellar, supereminent,
terminal, terminating, terminative, topflight, topping, ultimate