See also: Crone
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɹoʊn/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɹəʊn/
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- Rhymes: -əʊn
- Homophone: crosne
crone (plural crones)
- (archaic) An old woman.
- An archetypal figure, a Wise Woman.
- An ugly, evil-looking, or frightening old woman; a hag.
- (obsolete) An old ewe.
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- (obsolete) An old man, especially one who talks and acts like an old woman.
- 1822 May 21, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “The Haunted House”, in Bracebridge Hall, or The Humourists. A Medley. […], volume II, New York, N.Y.: […] C. S. Van Winkle, […], OCLC 1141021983, page 210:
- The old crone [a negro man] lived in a hovel, in the midst of a small patch of potatoes and Indian corn, which his master had given him on setting him free.
- 1844, Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby
- A few old battered crones of office.
- See also Thesaurus:old woman
ugly evil-looking or frightening old woman; a hag
old man, especially one who talks and acts like an old woman
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- “crone”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929) , “crone (I)”, in Middelniederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page I
- Alternative form of