Find the word definition

Crossword clues for crone

The Collaborative International Dictionary

crone \crone\ (kr[=o]n), n. [OD. kronie, karonie, an old sheep, OF. carogne, F. charogne, carrion (also F. carogne ill-natured woman.). See Carrion, and Crony.]

  1. An old ewe. [Obs.]

  2. An old woman; -- usually in contempt.

    But still the crone was constant to her note.

  3. An old man; especially, a man who talks and acts like an old woman. [R.]

    The old crone [a negro man] lived in a hovel, . . . which his master had given him.
    --W. Irving.

    A few old battered crones of office.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).


n. 1 (context obsolete English) An old woman. 2 An archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. 3 An ugly, evil-looking, or frightening old woman; a hag. 4 (context obsolete English) An old ewe. 5 (context obsolete English) An old man, especially one who talks and acts like an old woman.


n. an ugly evil-looking old woman [syn: hag, beldam, beldame, witch]


The crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag.

The word "crone" is a less common synonym for "old woman," and is more likely to appear in reference to traditional narratives than in contemporary everyday usage. The word became further specialized as the third aspect of the Triple Goddess popularized by Robert Graves and subsequently in some forms of neopaganism, particularly Wicca in which she symbolizes the Dark Goddess, the dark of the moon, the end of a cycle. In New Age and Feminist spiritual circles, a " Croning" is a ritual rite of passage into an era of wisdom, freedom, and personal power.

Usage examples of "crone".

A sprightly old crone with rosy cheeks and hair in white elflocks, she was on her feet and at the front gate by the time Grace reached her.

Murderers are pale upon the judgement-seats, And gold grows vile even to the wealthy crone, And laughter fills the Fane, and curses shake the Throne.

She stopped within a hairs-breadth of the trembling crone, and the glint in her eyes grew harder, like greenware firing in the kiln into bisque.

As if courtly intrigues are as regular to Haarlem tongues as herrings, crones buzz that in her late years Marie de Medici has become tired of matters of government.

Cursing the aged crone who had a penchant for laudanum and a tongue clove in twain like most mean old serpents, he staggered to the door to let her in for a morning teaspoon of pain relief.

Had he not known better, he would have wondered if the old crone had not been in love with the man who had married her favorite daughter.

Mother Crone just looks like a skateboarder, albeit one in her twenties.

My source- the smelliest and most detestable of crones, not to mention the most rapacious of creatures!

Now faded green-and-gold paint striped her human torso, even her breasts, which sagged as did those of crones well past their childbearing years.

She touches the golden robes of the old woman, the veiled one, but although the crone starts around surprised, feeling her touch, the woman cannot see her, only sense her gaze.

Most of the crones were snoring away, their heads nodding on their breastbones, dribbling softly onto bibs ornamented with green and gold berries and leaves.

From some of the tumble-down buildings came cacklings and titterings as the maimed caroused with the crippled and the degenerate and corrupted coupled with their crones.

Above her, Bericus snapped, "The high priestess of Cumae is a horse-faced crone, taller than you are, and uglier than my wife.

In this place, the crones of the dosh khaleen had decreed, all Dothraki were one blood, one khalasar, one herd.

Only then did she turn her eyes back to the old women, the crones of the dosh khaleen.