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noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. Also called pone bread. a baked or fried bread usually made of cornmeal.
  2. a loaf or oval-shaped cake of any type of bread, especially corn bread.
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Origin of pone1

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) apones, appoans, poan < Proto-Algonquian *apwa·n- thing roasted or baked, derivative of *apwe·- to roast, bake


noun Cards.
  1. the player on the dealer's right.Compare eldest hand.
  2. the player who opposes the dealer in a game with two players.
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Origin of pone2

1885–90; < Latin pōne, 2nd person singular imperative of pōnere to place
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Examples from the Web for pone

Historical Examples

  • I had a pone of cornbread and a Mr. Rat in my file had a piece of bacon.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

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

  • The one rejected is added to the stock in the hands of the pone.

  • Then the burly man shoved in a pone of cornbread and a pan of water.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • A little oil may be added to the meal for pone, but then it will not be straight.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

British Dictionary definitions for pone


noun Southern US
  1. Also called: pone bread, corn pone bread made of maize
  2. a loaf or cake of this
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Word Origin

C17: from Algonquian; compare Delaware apán baked


  1. cards the player to the right of the dealer, or the nondealer in two-handed games
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: put!, that is, play, from ponere to put
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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.

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