Definition of corner in English:


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  • 1A place or angle where two or more sides or edges meet.

    • ‘Jan sat at one corner of the table’
    1. 1.1An area inside a room, box, or square-shaped space, near the place where two or more edges or surfaces meet.
      • ‘he drove the ball into the corner of the net’
    2. 1.2A place where two streets meet.
      ‘an apartment on the corner of 199th Street and Amsterdam Avenue’
      • ‘the corner house’
    3. 1.3A difficult or awkward situation.
      • ‘he found himself backed into a corner’
    4. 1.4First or third base on a baseball diamond.
      • ‘two outs, with runners on the corners’
    5. 1.5A sharp bend in a road.
      • ‘serious racers want a car that is fast going into and out of the corners’
  • 2A part, region, or area, especially one regarded as secluded or remote.

    ‘they descended on the college from all corners of the world’
    • ‘his wisdom was disseminated to the four corners of the earth’
    • ‘parents are often tempted to resort to snooping and prying into every corner to make sure their children are safe’
    1. 2.1A position in which one dominates the supply of a particular commodity.
  • 3

    short for corner kick

  • 4Boxing Wrestling
    Each of the diagonally opposite ends of the ring, where a contestant rests between rounds.

    1. 4.1A contestant's supporters or seconds.
      • ‘Hodkinson was encouraged by his corner’
  • 5Baseball
    Each of the two parallel sides of home plate, which are perceived as defining the vertical edges of the strike zone.



/ˈkôrnər/ /ˈkɔrnər/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Force (a person or animal) into a place or situation from which it is hard to escape.

    • ‘the man was eventually cornered by police dogs’
    drive into a corner, run to earth, run to ground, bring to bay, cut off, block off, trap, hem in, shut in, pen in, close in, enclose, surround
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    1. 1.1Detain (someone) in conversation, typically against their will.
      • ‘I managed to corner Gary for fifteen minutes’
  • 2Control (a market) by dominating the supply of a particular commodity.

    • ‘whether they will corner the market in graphics software remains to be seen’
    gain control of, gain dominance of, take over, control, dominate, monopolize, capture
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    1. 2.1Establish a corner in (a commodity)
      • ‘you cornered vanadium and made a killing’
  • 3no object (of a vehicle) go around a bend in a road.

    • ‘no squeal is evident from the tires when cornering fast’



/ˈkôrnər/ /ˈkɔrnər/


    around the corner
    • 1Very near.

      • ‘there's a pharmacy around the corner’
      1. 1.1About to happen.
        • ‘the commander was claiming that peace was just around the corner’
    in every corner
    • Everywhere.

      ‘tiny pieces of degraded plastic have turned up in every corner of the planet’
      • ‘it's difficult to readjust when the past assaults you at every corner’
    in someone's corner
    • 1Acting as a second, to a boxer.

      1. 1.1On someone's side; giving someone support and encouragement.
    out of the corner of one's eye
    • At the edge of one's field of vision.

      • ‘I could see someone approaching from the corner of my eye’


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin cornu ‘horn, tip, corner’.