\ ˈskōn How to pronounce scone (audio) , ˈskän\

Definition of scone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a rich quick bread cut into usually triangular shapes and cooked on a griddle or baked on a sheet


geographical name
\ ˈskün How to pronounce Scone (audio) \

Definition of Scone (Entry 2 of 2)

locality in eastern Scotland northeast of Perth population 3713

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So have your teapot hot and your scones pre-jammed for another English wedding spectacle. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding: Everything We Know So Far," 5 Oct. 2018 The thick cream is removed and served with scones or fresh fruit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 There's more tea (ugh), scones, and finger sandwiches. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "I Ate Like Queen Elizabeth For a Week, and It Was a Royal Pain," 18 Apr. 2019 And of course, that coffee flavor always fits perfectly with breakfast favorites, like scones and granola. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "16 Recipes That Prove Ground Coffee Makes a Delicious Seasoning," 21 Mar. 2019 Fäviken’s Magnus Nilsson compiles a dizzying array of recipes for breads, scones, cakes, porridges, soups, and tarts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Marley Marius, Vogue, "11 Cookbooks for Every Foodie on Your List," 15 Nov. 2018 In addition to tea, there will be tea treats like Tea sandwiches, scones and tarts. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 37 things to do and see in the Brookfield and Wauwatosa area this summer," 11 June 2018 The breakfast menu will include a mix of English and American fare, including scones, Eccles cake, quiche, fruit, bacon and cheddar grits — and of course, coffee, tea, and mimosas. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "With scones and mimosas, Plimoth Plantation plans royal wedding watch party," 18 May 2018 Slice and bake it into these easy cheesy scones for a savory breakfast treat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ham and Cheese Scones," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of scone


1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scone


perhaps from Dutch schoonbrood fine white bread, from schoon pure, clean + brood bread

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English Language Learners Definition of scone

: a small, often sweet bread that sometimes has pieces of dried fruit in it

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