\ˈskōn, 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 \

Definition of Scone (Entry 2 of 2)

locality in eastern Scotland northeast of Perth population 3713

Examples of scone in a Sentence

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These scones are easy to put together and ready in less than an hour. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 Everything here is delicious but the almond croissants and the scones are particularly memorable. New York Times, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 Gather your fascinators and prepare the scones—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is just about upon us. Vogue, "How to Watch the Royal Wedding (Even If You Don’t Have Cable)," 1 May 2018 Kneading Dough Bakery in Volcano creates the scones and other tea treats. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Where the game is always afoot for Sherlock lovers | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 Studded with meltingly sweet chocolate chips, these scones are sure to please kids and adults alike. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sour Cream-Chocolate Chip Scones," 5 Mar. 2018 Cut into 8 wedges and separate so scones are about 1 inch apart. Country Living, "Lemon–Poppy Seed Scones," 29 Mar. 2011 There, the president fell in love with her drop scones, so much so that the Queen sent him her recipe a few months later. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 Two-tiered pastry stands were decked with scones, cakes, and tarts. Margeaux Sippell,, "A royal viewing party on this side of the Atlantic," 19 May 2018

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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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