Cro-Ma·​gnon krō-ˈmag-nən How to pronounce Cro-Magnon (audio)
: a hominid of a tall erect race of the Upper Paleolithic known from skeletal remains found chiefly in southern France and classified as the same species (Homo sapiens) as present-day humans

Examples of Cro-Magnon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For much of the 20th century, the 30,000-year-old Cro-Magnon fossils represented the earliest fossil evidence of our species in Europe. Brian Anthony Keeling, The Conversation, 2 May 2023 More than a decade later, in 1868, paleontologists uncovered H. sapiens fossils at the site of Cro-Magnon in southern France. Brian Anthony Keeling, The Conversation, 2 May 2023

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Word History


Cro-Magnon, a cave near Les Eyzies, France

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cro-Magnon was in 1869

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“Cro-Magnon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of a tall erect race of people that lived approximately 35,000 to 10,000 years ago and are often placed in the same species as the human beings that live on the earth today
Cro-Magnon adjective

from Cro-Magnon, name of a cave in France where remains of the people were found

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