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

Examples of scone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that case, ditch the booze, and treat your guests to an assortment of teas, alongside finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2023 Serve it for breakfast with muffins, pancakes, waffles, or scones. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 In addition to the croissants, Nino’s also sells scones and paste di pistacchio — Sicilian pistachio cookies. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Check into The Breakers Palm Beach to celebrate the season with holiday tea (complete with buttermilk scones heaped in Devonshire cream and rose petal jam), special multicourse prix fixe menus, Christmas Day brunch, and a New Year’s Eve celebration. Teresa Bergen, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 For treats and coffee earlier in the day, Likewise is some of the city’s best, making all their pastries in house, like a citrus ginger scone. Kyle Beechey, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2023 The service, which includes at 1 p.m. each Friday, includes Dammann Frères tea, tea sandwiches, pink sweets and scones and glass of sparkling wine for ages 21 and over. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 On a recent morning, the cafe’s owner, Ham Raz, explained that tourists often ordered loose-leaf tea with their sandwiches, scones and cakes but that British customers typically had coffee. Megan Specia, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Pop these ready-to-bake scones in the oven and get ready for your whole house to smell absolutely heavenly. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scone was in 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Scone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scone. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈskōn How to pronounce scone (audio)
: a quick bread baked on a griddle or in an oven

Geographical Definition


geographical name

locality in eastern Scotland northeast of Perth population 3713

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