WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cor•ner /ˈkɔrnɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the place at which two lines, sides, edges, or surfaces meet;
    angle:a chair in the corner of the room.
  2. an angle, end, side, or edge:a coffee table with sharp corners.
  3. the point where two streets meet, or where one street bends sharply:I drove around the corner too fast and the car skidded.
  4. an awkward or embarrassing position, esp. one from which escape is impossible;
    predicament:[usually: singular]I was backed into a corner by the evidence.
  5. a region or part, esp. a distant part: The pilgrims came from every corner of the empire.
  6. Business a situation in which only one person, business, etc., controls the available supply of something, such as a product or service:[usually: singular]a corner on the oil market.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. situated on or at a corner where two streets meet:the corner drugstore.

  1. [+ object] to force into an awkward situation in which escape, refusal, etc., is difficult or impossible:The policeman cornered the crook in a back alley.[often: ~ + object + into + verb-ing]She cornered me into serving on the finance committee.
  2. Business to gain control of (a stock, etc.):[+ object]That country had cornered the market on oil.
  3. [no object] (of an automobile) to turn, esp. at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn.
  1. Idiomscut corners, to reduce costs, time, or effort in carrying something out by leaving out certain steps:looking for a way to cut corners.
  2. just around the corner, [uncountable] near in time or place;
    close by or close to happening:predicted that an improvement in the economy was just around the corner.
  3. turn the corner, to begin to make improvement;
    start to recover:The day after the operation he turned the corner and was soon sent home.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cor•ner  (kôrnər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the place at which two converging lines or surfaces meet.
  2. the space between two converging lines or surfaces near their intersection;
    angle:a chair in the corner of the room.
  3. a projecting angle, esp. of a rectangular figure or object:He bumped into the corner of the table.
  4. the point where two streets meet:the corner of Market and Main Streets.
  5. an end;
  6. any narrow, secluded, or secret place.
  7. an awkward or embarrassing position, esp. one from which escape is impossible.
  8. Business[Finance.]a monopolizing or a monopoly of the available supply of a stock or commodity to a point permitting control of price (applied only when monopoly price is exacted).
  9. region;
    quarter:from every corner of the empire.
  10. Surveying
    • Surveyingthe point of intersection of the section lines of a land survey, often marked by a monument or some object, as a pipe that is set or driven into the ground. Cf. section (def. 5).
    • Surveyinga stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
  11. a piece to protect the corner of anything.
  12. Sport[Baseball.]
    • any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate:a pitch on the corner.
    • the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
  13. Sport[Boxing.]
    • the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
    • one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
  14. Sport[Soccer.]See  corner kick. 
  15. Idiomscut corners: 
    • to use a shorter route.
    • to reduce costs or care in execution:cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
  16. Idiomsrough corners, rude, boorish, or unsophisticated characteristics, manners, or the like:Despite his rough corners, he was very likable.
  17. Idiomsthe four corners of the earth, the most distant or remote regions:They traveled to the four corners of the earth.
  18. Idiomsturn the corner, to pass through a crisis safely:When the fever passed, we knew he had turned the corner.

  1. situated on or at a corner where two streets meet:a corner drugstore.
  2. Furnituremade to fit or be used in a corner:a corner cabinet.

  1. to furnish with corners.
  2. to place in or drive into a corner.
  3. to force into an awkward or difficult position or one from which escape is impossible:He finally cornered the thief.
  4. Businessto gain control of (a stock, commodity, etc.).

  1. to meet in or be situated on or at a corner.
  2. Businessto form a corner in a stock or commodity.
  3. (of an automobile) to turn, esp. at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn involved.
  • Latin cornū horn; compare cornu) + -er -er2
  • Anglo-French, equivalent. to Old French corne corner, horn (
  • Middle English 1250–1300
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged predicament, impasse, dead end.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

corner /ˈkɔːnə/ n
  1. the place, position, or angle formed by the meeting of two converging lines or surfaces
  2. a projecting angle of a solid object or figure
  3. the place where two streets meet
  4. any small, secluded, secret, or private place
  5. a dangerous or awkward position, esp from which escape is difficult: a tight corner
  6. any part, region or place, esp a remote place
  7. something used to protect or mark a corner, as of the hard cover of a book
  8. a monopoly over the supply of a commodity so that its market price can be controlled
  9. a free kick or shot from the corner of the field, taken against a defending team when the ball goes out of play over their goal line after last touching one of their players
  10. either of two opposite angles of a boxing ring in which the opponents take their rests
  11. cut cornersto do something in the easiest and shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards
  12. turn the cornerto pass the critical point (in an illness, etc)
  13. (modifier) located on a corner: a corner shop
  1. (transitive) to manoeuvre (a person or animal) into a position from which escape is difficult or impossible
  2. (transitive) to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market

  3. Also: engross to attain control of (a market) in such a manner
  4. (intransitive) (in soccer, etc) to take a corner
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French corniere, from Latin cornū point, extremity, horn

Corner n
  1. the Cornerinformal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia

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