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crony

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noun, cro·ny \ˈkrō-nē\

Simple Definition of crony

  • : a close friend of someone; especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crony

plural cronies

  1. :  a close friend especially of long standing :  pal

Examples of crony in a sentence

  1. The mayor rewarded his cronies with high-paying jobs after he was elected.

  2. <the criminal's cronies were also closely questioned about the illegal gambling operation>



Origin of crony

perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time


First Known Use: 1656

Rhymes with crony


CRONY Defined for Kids

crony

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noun cro·ny \ˈkrō-nē\

Definition of crony for Students

plural cronies

  1. :  a close friend especially of someone powerful (as a politician)





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