\ ˈkrōn How to pronounce crone (audio) \

Definition of crone

: a cruel or ugly old woman … chocolate-colored rock formations that look like giant toadstools, fat old crones, and creatures from a bad dream.— Elaine Jarvik

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Examples of crone in a Sentence

The old crone lived alone. a run-down house that was inhabited by a cantankerous crone who kept to herself
Recent Examples on the Web Danaë’s prison guard, an old crone, tries to catch the god’s golden sperm in her apron. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 In the comics, Agatha Harkness is often depicted as a classic old crone type of witch. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 The surprisingly hilarious script gives great material to Angela Lansbury as a boozy romance writer, Maggie Smith as a sadistic nurse and Bette Davis as a vicious crone. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020 The couple has since added to this touching scene, upping the ante by including a glowing gargoyle, a vintage hearse with a beheading theme, a crone cradling a precociously horrifying popeyed infant. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, 31 Oct. 2014 The rest of the plot is driven by a shadowy cabal of feminist vigilantes who, among other things, target and assassinate rapists while dressed as crones. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, 5 June 2018 Billy’s boss, the vulgar and mercenary crone Mrs. Mullin (Margaret Colin), couldn’t give two figs for the happiness her joy machine gives to the community: her eyes are on the green, and on Billy. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2018 But things got a bit mystical with Margaret (guest star Cherry Jones), the crone in the stone house the Mayor visits to get permission to open a bridge to let the marathon runners pass. Kristi Turnquist,, 22 Mar. 2018 Pollard shines in a role that demands her to be both hag and crone, as well as loving mother. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crone

Middle English, a term of abuse, from Anglo-French caroine, charoine dead flesh — more at carrion

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The first known use of crone was in the 14th century

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28 Aug 2021

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“Crone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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: a cruel or ugly old woman

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