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crone

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Pronunciation: /krəʊn
 
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Definition of crone in English:

noun

An ugly old woman.
Example sentences
  • He is not the ideal spokesman to challenge a double standard that celebrates older fathers as randy old goats, but shudders at older mothers as unnatural crones.
  • What's the difference between a crone, witch and hag again?
  • Originally, witches were nasty old crones who made evil potions.

Origin

late Middle English: via Middle Dutch croonje, caroonje 'carcass, old ewe' from Old Northern French caroigne 'carrion, cantankerous woman' (see carrion).

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  • crockery from (early 18th century):

    Crockery is from obsolete crocker ‘potter’, from crock, spelt in Old English croc, crocca ‘earthenware pot’. The crock in the expression old crock is a different word, perhaps of Flemish origin. Originally a late Middle English Scots term for an old ewe, it came in the late 19th century to denote an old or broken-down horse. Crone (Late Middle English) has a related history coming from Middle Dutch croonje, ‘old ewe, carcass’ from Old Northern French caroigne meaning both ‘carrion’ and ‘cantankerous woman’. See also carnival

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