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[skohn, skon] /skoʊn, skɒn/
a small, light, biscuitlike quick bread made of oatmeal, wheat flour, barley meal, or the like.
biscuit (def 1).
1505-15; shortened < earlier Dutch schoonbrot fine bread, white bread. See sheen, bread


[skoon, skohn] /skun, skoʊn/
a village in central Scotland: site of coronation of Scottish kings until 1651.
Stone of, a stone, formerly at Scone, Scotland, upon which Scottish kings sat at coronation, now placed beneath the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey. Unabridged
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  • Oats and maple also pair nicely in scones, cookies or even beer.
  • Former bordello now has four rooms with private baths, and a bakery that turns out scones and muffins.
  • Come prepared for opinions slathered with irony, not scones with cream.
  • Sit in the tea room or outside for a pot of tea with scones, or order a meat pie and baked beans.
  • The kitchen makes its breads, scones, pasta and ice cream from scratch.
  • At the bakery counter you can pick fresh-baked muffins, cinnamon and pecan rolls, bagels and scones.
  • The ocean views are one of the highlights as is the continental breakfast with locally made scones and muffins.
  • More cereal might mean fewer scones and donuts, for example.
  • The bakery has a selection of scones, muffins, cookies and cakes.
  • Pastries include scones, rolls and toast with house-made jam.
British Dictionary definitions for scones


(skɒn; skəʊn). a light plain doughy cake made from flour with very little fat, cooked in an oven or (esp originally) on a griddle, usually split open and buttered
(Austral) (skɒn) a slang word for head (sense 1)
(Austral, slang)
  1. angry
  2. insane
Word Origin
C16: Scottish, perhaps from Middle Low German schonbrot, Middle Dutch schoonbrot fine bread


a parish in Perth and Kinross, E Scotland, consisting of the two villages of New Scone and Old Scone, formerly the site of the Pictish capital and the stone upon which medieval Scottish kings were crowned. The stone was removed to Westminster Abbey by Edward I in 1296; it was returned to Scotland in 1996 and placed in Edinburgh Castle. Scone Palace was rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century
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Word Origin and History for scones



"thin, flat soft cake," 1510s, Scottish, probably shortened from Dutch schoon brood "fine bread," from Middle Dutch schoonbroot, from schoon, scone "bright, beautiful" (see sheen) + broot (see bread (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for scones


town, eastern New South Wales, Australia, in the upper Hunter River valley. Gazetted in 1837 as the village of Invermein, it was renamed for Scone, Scot., and was proclaimed a municipality in 1888. It lies along the New England Highway and the main northern rail line, 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Newcastle. Scone is a market centre for a district producing sheep, cattle, racehorses, walnuts, and vegetables. Scone is also the area headquarters of soil and water conservation authorities, and Glenbawn Dam and reservoir (and an associated national park) are nearby. A local curiosity is Mount Wingen, or Burning Mountain (1,800 feet [550 metres]); a cleft in its side emits smoke from an underground coal seam that has been smoldering for centuries. Pop. (2006) 5,079.

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