Definition of crony
- played golf with his cronies
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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: a close friend of someone; especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors
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