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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 Wild-Rose, absorbed by that one idea, climbed quickly down the tree to teach the crone.

  • The crone wags her head and replies “that it was afore her time.”

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • So Ondott spoke to her from the doorway, as the crone lay within by the hearth; a bundle of rags she was.

  • And the crone handed her visitor a slip of paper on which a few words were written.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Of course, said crone, your editorial policy is your own, but Im afraid that it is going to be ruinous to your advertising.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
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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