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[pohn] /poʊn/
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
Also called pone bread. a baked or fried bread usually made of cornmeal.
a loaf or oval-shaped cake of any type of bread, especially corn bread.
Origin of pone1
Virginia Algonquian
1605-15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) apones, appoans, poan < Proto-Algonquian *apwa·n- thing roasted or baked, derivative of *apwe·- to roast, bake


[pohn] /poʊn/
noun, Cards.
the player on the dealer's right.
Compare eldest hand.
the player who opposes the dealer in a game with two players.
1885-90; < Latin pōne, 2nd person singular imperative of pōnere to place Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wait till Sairy Ann br'ils these mountain trout and slaps 'em on to a pone of sweet corn bread.

    Dainty's Cruel Rivals Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • The one rejected is added to the stock in the hands of the pone.

  • pone is unraised corn-cake baked in the ashes, and said to be good for indigestion.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • I had a pone of cornbread and a Mr. Rat in my file had a piece of bacon.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • pone omnibus scitule appositis, ac mensa largiter instructa edere ceperunt, omniaque ingurgitauerunt.

  • We ate hominy, mush, grits and pone bread for the most part.

  • Placing a “pone” of corn-bread, and some salt alongside, he sits down; though not yet to commence eating.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • He raised the morsel of "pone" between thumb and forefinger, holding it tightly.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • Then the burly man shoved in a pone of cornbread and a pan of water.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • Wid dat, ole Miss Rabbit, she tuck'n fry 'im up a rasher er bacon, en bake 'im a pone er bread.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for pone


noun (Southern US)
Also called pone bread, corn pone. bread made of maize
a loaf or cake of this
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian; compare Delaware apán baked


/pəʊn; ˈpəʊnɪ/
(cards) the player to the right of the dealer, or the nondealer in two-handed games
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: put!, that is, play, from ponere to put
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pone

1630s, "American Indian bread," earlier appone, ponap (1610s), from Powhatan (Algonquian) apan "something baked," from apen "she bakes." Later used in Southern U.S. for any type of cornbread.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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