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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 pones

Historical Examples

  • Some of the pones had also the appearance of slow convalescence from chill and fever.

    Under the Stars and Bars

    Walter A. Clark

  • Brush a place clean before the fire and lay the pones upon it.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

  • De pones was pile up on pones, en on de top wuz a great big ash-cake.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • The pones were simply large, round, thin corn-meal cakes baked in a fritter-spider in a hot oven.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • As a hungry boy I used sometimes to think that pones and "Johnny-reb toast" were pretty nearly worth the War to us!

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for pones


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 pones



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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