: 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

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 The Witches concerns a conspiracy of demonic crones bent on eradicating kids altogether. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 Campbell begins like a fairy tale, in a house the crone Baba Yaga could have comfortably resided in. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 It’s even carved with mother/maiden/crone moon phases, perfect for keeping crystals nearby. Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 Her grandmother Zahra, an old crone of a woman who cruelly spits out words to demean her daughter and granddaughter with little regard for their feelings, had always forbid them. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Set in a quasi-realistic world where a conflict rages with a mixture of magic and military might, the film focuses on Sophie, a young milliner aged into a withered crone by a curse from the Witch of the Waste. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 The crone ties a red string around Emma’s wrist and tells her to make three wishes. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2023 Sometimes, they are depicted as mountain-dwelling crones shunned by society. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Of primary importance for many Neopagans is the triple goddess, a figure who encompasses the three aspects of maiden, mother and crone. Alyssa Beall, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Crone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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