[kroh-mag-nuh n, -non, -man-yuh n]


an Upper Paleolithic population of humans, regarded as the prototype of modern Homo sapiens in Europe. Skeletal remains found in an Aurignacian cave in southern France indicate that the Cro-Magnon had long heads, broad faces, and sunken eyes, and reached a height of approximately 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm).
a member of the Cro-Magnon population.

Origin of Cro-Magnon

First recorded in 1865–70; named after the cave (near Périgueux, France) where the first remains were found Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cro-magnon

human, caveman

Examples from the Web for cro-magnon

Contemporary Examples of cro-magnon

Historical Examples of cro-magnon

  • The answer is given to us by the skeletons found in the cave of Cro-magnon.

  • Below and before him went on the everyday life of a Cro-Magnon village.

    Warrior of the Dawn

    Howard Carleton Browne

  • You mean he thought it proved the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon came from other planets.

    Before Egypt

    E. K. Jarvis

  • As in most Cro-Magnon settlements, the chief's own cave was nearest the cliff's top.

    The Return of Tharn

    Howard Carleton Browne

  • He had liked him even less as he grew into magnificent Cro-Magnon manhood.

cro-magnon in Science


[krō-măgnən, -mănyən]

An early form of modern human (Homo sapiens) inhabiting Europe in the late Paleolithic Period, from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago, characterized by a broad face and tall stature. It is known from skeletal remains first found in the Cro-Magnon cave in southern France. Cro-Magnons coexisted with European Neanderthal populations for several thousand years, although there is little evidence of interbreeding. See more at Aurignacian.
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cro-magnon in Culture


[(kroh-mag-nuhn, kroh-man-yuhn)]

The earliest form of modern humans. The Cro-Magnons developed about 35,000 years ago and physically resembled modern Europeans. (See Homo sapiens.)


Cro-Magnon people painted the walls of their caves, producing some of the earliest known human art.
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