crone

noun \ ˈkrōn \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

Examples of crone in a Sentence

  1. The old crone lived alone.

  2. a run-down house that was inhabited by a cantankerous crone who kept to herself

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Origin and Etymology of crone

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

crone Synonyms

Synonyms
beldam (or beldame), carline (or carlin) [chiefly Scottish], hag, hellcat, trot, witch
Related Words
harpy, shrew, virago

CRONE Defined for English Language Learners

crone

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Definition of crone for English Language Learners

  • : a cruel or ugly old woman



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