- The definition of a crone is a hag or an old, ugly woman.
An example of a crone is a mean, old lady.
Origin: Middle English term of abuse: beast, hag (revived by Scott inch(es) mod. sense) ; from Anglo-French carogne (see carrion) either directly or via Middle Dutch kronje inch(es) sense “old ewe”
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Origin: Middle English, from Old North French carogne, carrion, cantankerous woman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, carrion, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.