Definition of crony
: a close friend especially of long standing : pal <played golf with his cronies>
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>
Origin and Etymology of crony
perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time
First Known Use: 1656
CRONY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crony for English Language Learners
: a close friend of someone; especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors
CRONY Defined for Kids
Definition of crony for Students
: a close friend especially of someone powerful (as a politician)
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