\ 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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As part of the feature, the duo set about demonstrating a recipe for chocolate chip scones. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Is All of Us in This Hilarious Throwback Baking Video with Oprah," 28 Aug. 2018 French Meadow Bakery & Cafe—serves up chipotle goat cheese quesadillas and bison short ribs along with scones and mini cheesecakes. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The baking possibilities with this versatile berry are limited only by your imagination; think blueberry pie, coffeecake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones and more. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 2018 So do vintage French art deco Lightolier scones and ceiling fixtures that match the home's originals. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Think Sacramento feels like Iowa? They'd agree | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018 Afternoon tea is formal tea with proper tea settings, biscuits, scones and the like. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "25 Things I Learned at The Plaza’s Etiquette School," 14 Apr. 2017 The long-standing ritual which includes finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and more set them back about $30/person. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Is on a Vacation with Ant Anstead and His Kids and It Looks Like a Fairytale," 26 July 2018 In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, these scones from King Arthur Flour celebrate all things Irish. Fox News, "9 sweet treats for St. Patrick's Day," 11 Mar. 2016 Pastry options generally include fresh fruit danishes, pineapple and blueberry scones, and refrigerated cake squares in flavors like guava, chocolate haupia and chantilly (a macadamia nut version of German chocolate). Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 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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