[ kraws-bohnz, kros- ]

plural noun
  1. a representation of two bones placed crosswise, usually below a skull, to symbolize death.

Origin of crossbones

First recorded in 1790–1800; cross- + bone + -s3

Words Nearby crossbones Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crossbones in a sentence

  • Whence come these churchyard scourings, these skulls and crossbones set up on end?

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Strange old stones they were, of gray slate, etched with forbidding symbols of skulls and crossbones.

    Glory of Youth | Temple Bailey
  • When Shagarach stepped from the car on his way to meet Mr. Skull-and-crossbones he found that he was early.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

British Dictionary definitions for crossbones


/ (ˈkrɒsˌbəʊnz) /

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