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[krohn] /kroʊn/
a withered, witchlike old woman.
Origin of crone
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion
Related forms
cronish, adjective Unabridged
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  • And the crone handed her visitor a slip of paper on which a few words were written.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The crone presented it to the king, who ordered it to be made into shirts.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • The crone was cautious, however, and knew well with whom she had to deal.

  • "Ay, I have his mark on my knee, Dame Dodier," replied the crone.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • "There is a moon after nine, by which hour you can reach the wood of Beaumanoir," observed the crone.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for crone


a witchlike old woman
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh
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Word Origin and History for crone

late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).

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