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[krohn] /kroʊn/
a withered, witchlike old woman.
Origin of crone
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion
Related forms
cronish, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crone
  • crone sometimes invites his neighbors to dine with his guests.
  • crone thought sound, if detected, could be a way around the problem.
  • crone has said this before, but the letter provided new details.
  • Coins issued during her reign depicted her as a masculine-looking, hook-nosed crone.
  • He sketched a hasty portrait of a wasted crone with a scornful grimace and a ramrod spine.
  • After the aide accidently breaks a rare vase, the ailing crone refuses to pay her until she can pay for it.
British Dictionary definitions for crone


a witchlike old woman
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh
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Word Origin and History for crone

late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).

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