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

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

Examples of scone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Making the Scone Base, pg. 204, allows baking through most of the scone section, delightfully, with ease. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Settle in with a cup of tea and a scone, and prepare to rewatch season four with these in mind. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Crown: 10 Secrets That Will Change the Way You Watch the Show," 2 Dec. 2020 Friday marks the return of cranberry bliss bar, a cranberry orange scone, and snowman cookies. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Starbucks unveils new designs on holiday cups, and Friday marks return of the cranberry bliss bar," 6 Nov. 2020 An earl grey scone and a lavender latte sound bloody marvelous. Claire Fitzsimmons, Longreads, "Eating To Save My Mind," 10 Aug. 2020 Jesson took the scone recipe and turned it into a mix, then packaged it with homemade jam and tea to be shipped. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Tina's Traditional has closed permanently. Here's how the Carmel tearoom moved online.," 3 Sep. 2020 Three cheers for owners Debbie and Chris Gleize for offering one of the fair’s great all-day-breakfast extravaganzas, a rich, tender scone that’s split, filled with fresh strawberries and finished with a tangy, not-too-sweet cream cheese glaze. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Here's how critic Rick Nelson will get a fill of his State Fair favorites this year," 27 Aug. 2020 You over there with the scone and triple-shot Frappuccino and bacon butty. Claire Fitzsimmons, Longreads, "Eating To Save My Mind," 10 Aug. 2020 This new and improved scone wins over even classic diehards like me. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While in Isolation," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Scone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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