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corn·​pone ˈkȯrn-ˌpōn How to pronounce cornpone (audio)

corn pone

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Southern US and Midland US
: corn bread often made without milk or eggs and baked or fried

Examples of cornpone in a Sentence

Adjective the comedian's cornpone wisecracks were old even in the days of vaudeville
Recent Examples on the Web
Brooks has attended with equal care to the quotidian details of each era (corn pone in the antebellum South, bebop for Jackson Pollock, mid-century-modern furniture for Theo). Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 10 June 2022 It could be eaten more frequently and turned into different foods like hoecakes, ash-cakes, spoonbread, corn pone, and cornbread. Andrea Byrd, Travel + Leisure, 17 June 2021 The next proprietor of the Old South was A.G. Craven, who made few changes from 1935 to 1946, after which the last owners added Mexican food and dropped the corn pone. Paula Allen,, 24 Aug. 2019 Softshell crabs are encrusted in cornflakes, served with spicy corn pone and hoppin’ john. Christina Tkacik,, 8 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use


1919, in the meaning defined above


1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cornpone was in 1859

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“Cornpone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

corn pone

Southern & Midland
: corn bread often made without milk or eggs and baked or fried
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