a withered, witchlike old woman.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion

cronish, adjective Unabridged
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crone (krəʊn)
a witchlike old woman
[C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. carogne, from O.N.Fr., term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, lit. "carrion," from V.L. *caronia.
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Example sentences
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.
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