cro·​ny | \ ˈkrō-nē How to pronounce crony (audio) \
plural cronies

Definition of crony

: a close friend especially of long standing : pal played golf with his cronies

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Examples of crony in a Sentence

The mayor rewarded his cronies with high-paying jobs after he was elected. the criminal's cronies were also closely questioned about the illegal gambling operation

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But Mr Kabila and his cronies appear untouchable, for now. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 In that sense, money laundering helps President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia achieve his goal of destabilizing the European Union while enriching his cronies. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Sanctions on Russia and North Korea Put Tiny Latvia in U.S. Cross Hairs," 17 July 2019 Coach Kliff and his cronies are probably watching you. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Kliff Kingsbury spied on players via fake social media accounts disguised as 'cute girls'," 14 June 2019 And though Caesar’s images have not resulted in immediate action, they will almost certainly be used in war-crimes trials if Assad and his cronies are ever overthrown. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 Tens of thousands are in prison without trial, the media are under state control, and one of Erdogan’s cronies was his preferred candidate for mayor. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 If the Legislature can create oligarchies in any field, it’s crony capitalism. Dara Kam,, "Medical marijuana: Florida court strikes down ‘oligopoly’," 10 July 2019 These are the Chicago-style tactics employed by RMGO and its cronies to punish Republicans who don’t march in lockstep with their agenda. Joshua Hosler, The Denver Post, "Joshua Hosler: As a former leader in Colorado’s GOP, I’m here to tell you Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is this state’s Taliban," 7 July 2019 Their relationship also embodies the self-dealing crony capitalism that keeps Middle Eastern regimes—and increasingly the United States—afloat. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of crony

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crony

perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time

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English Language Learners Definition of crony

disapproving : a close friend of someone especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors


cro·​ny | \ ˈkrō-nē How to pronounce crony (audio) \
plural cronies

Kids Definition of crony

: a close friend especially of someone powerful (as a politician)

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