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
Recent Examples on the Web In an earlier report, Global Witness documented how the industry is dominated by networks of military elites, drug lords and crony companies. Elaine Kurtenbach And Jerry Harmer, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 That’s crony capitalism, where business and government collude to the detriment of everyone else. Tim Busch, National Review, 11 July 2021 DeJoy is a Trump crony and a holdover from a corrupt administration. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Regardless of your political orientation, both the Left and the Right would be wise not to promote crony capitalism. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Halston, Joe, and Elsa take her creation to David and his crony at Norton Simon, and the businessmen are not amused. Whitney Friedlander, Vulture, 14 May 2021 Edward nevertheless kept him on as a crony and adviser. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 This windfall of crony capitalism, provided at taxpayer expense, is 10 times the $17 billion that the plan would spend to improve the nation’s ports and waterways. Jeffrey H. Anderson, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 But the closing of Canada’s ports-of-call for a second straight summer because of Covid-19 is illuminating the downside of this crony capitalism. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2021

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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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“Crony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crony

: 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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