\ 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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Sweets may include Strawberry Lemon scones or an Earl Grey macarons. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Downton Abbey: Afternoon tea? Here are 5 traditional Bay Area spots," 12 Sep. 2019 For less eccentricity and fancier pastries, such as almond kouign-amanns, hazelnut lunettes and Earl Grey scones, hit Le Petit Outre. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Missoula," 11 Sep. 2019 In addition to croissants, Butterdough is also serving muffins, scones, cookies and seasonal Pop-Tarts. Grace Wong,, "McKinley Park bakery Butterdough serves up small-batch croissants, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 30 July 2019 The Macaron Tea Room will also be there selling goodies - tea, coffee, scones, biscuits, and their famous macarons, to name a few. Shirley Macfarland,, "Take an art class and end the summer with a creative memory: Talk of the Towns," 26 July 2019 The hotel’s afternoon tea menu includes a selection of fresh finger sandwiches, homemade scones, macaroons and other delicious treats., "Kate Middleton and Prince William Had an Impromptu Post-Outing Date in the Country," 12 June 2019 Plus, there were plenty of surprise snack offerings, like Canadian wine and cheese, morning scones and fresh-baked cookies. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "You won’t want to miss a moment of this unforgettable and luxurious Canadian train journey," 6 June 2019 Since the 1980s, the French Room has been serving tea sandwiches along with scones, jams, clotted cream and desserts. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Distribute cut scones evenly onto two baking sheets. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Make chocolate chip scones for breakfast with tips from an SF chef," 29 June 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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