A ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French and Latin from Greek thronos ‘elevated seat’.
In traditional Christian angelology, thrones are the third-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
Great White Throne the throne of God, with allusion to Revelation 20:11.
Throne of Grace the place where God is conceived as sitting to answer prayer, as in Hebrews 4:16.
See also power behind the throne.
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).