\ 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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Synonyms for crone


beldam (or beldame), carline (or carlin) [chiefly Scottish], hag, hellcat, trot, witch

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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

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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, "Welcome to the Neighborhood, Jeff Koons!," 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, "ACCESS IS EVERYTHING," 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, "The Dark Fantasies of “Carousel”," 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,, "'Portlandia' series finale: Sweet, strange and channeling Portland nostalgia," 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, "Stellar Performances In An American Classic At The Bradley Playhouse," 2 Mar. 2018 Out of nowhere, an ancient crone appears and stuffs sacred worms into his wounds. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Sorcery and Revenge Fuel ‘Blade of the Immortal’," 2 Nov. 2017 Luther commissioned Cranach to create a woodcut called The True Depiction of the Papacy in 1534, which included images of the devil defecating monks while the pope is suckled by a Medusa-like crone. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "From Escaped Nuns to a Knight in Disguise, 10 Facts About the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther," 31 Oct. 2017 Guests will also hear the stories of Erie Mary, an old crone who supposedly has haunted the shores of Lake Erie for centuries, causing shipwrecks, sinkings and unexplained weather., "Halloween Hauntings 2017: Touring Cleveland's real life haunted houses," 12 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of crone

literary : a cruel or ugly old woman

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to make a temporary encampment

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