noun \ˈkrōn\

: a cruel or ugly old woman

Full Definition of CRONE

:  a withered old woman

Examples of CRONE

  1. The old crone lived alone.
  2. <a run-down house that was inhabited by a cantankerous crone who kept to herself>

Origin of CRONE

Middle English, a term of abuse, from Anglo-French caroine, charoine dead flesh — more at carrion
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CRONE

beldam (or beldame), carline (or carlin) [chiefly Scottish], hag, hellcat, trot, witch


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