Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Derogatory An old woman considered to be ugly; a hag.
  • noun A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A feeble and withered old woman: used depreciatively, and sometimes applied, with increased contempt, to a man.
  • noun An old ewe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete An old ewe.
  • noun An old woman; -- usually in contempt.
  • noun rare An old man; especially, a man who talks and acts like an old woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete An old woman.
  • noun An archetypal figure, a Wise Woman.
  • noun An ugly, evil-looking, or frightening old woman; a hag.
  • noun obsolete An old ewe.
  • noun obsolete An old man, especially one who talks and acts like an old woman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an ugly evil-looking old woman

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old North French carogne, carrion, cantankerous woman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, carrion, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

OD. kronie, karonie, an old sheep, Old French carogne, French charogne, carrion. See carrion and crony.

Examples

  • Kathy found Web sites that claim the title crone hasn't always been derogatory; in pre-Christian times, old women were particularly important members of the community.

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  • Mr Green said it was a cross between Huck Finn and Twilight, at which point your humble correspondent Lost the Plot and cackled like a crone from the back row of the Storey Hall.

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  • The crone is the old woman of great power whose life wisdom comes from both her great age and the many things she has lived through.

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  • The crone is the old woman of great power whose life wisdom comes from both her great age and the many things she has lived through.

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  • That the crone is Polish must be constructed by the reader as a kind of logical inference: the Polish keep kosher, the crone keeps kosher, therefore the crone is Polish—that is, Orthodox.

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  • That the crone is Polish must be constructed by the reader as a kind of logical inference: the Polish keep kosher, the crone keeps kosher, therefore the crone is Polish—that is, Orthodox.

    Ideology as cultural marker

  • It's pronounced just like the word crone, being named for the French town Crosne.

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  • According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary the word crone dates back to the fourteenth century and is a Middle English term of abuse.

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  • Having an understandably violent reaction to the word crone she looked it up in the dictionary.

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  • The crone is the old woman of great power whose life wisdom comes from both her great age and the many things she has lived through.

    The Crone and the Cauldron | Bindu Wiles

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