Definition of croning in English:



  • (especially among feminists in the US and Australasia) a celebration or ceremony to honour older women.

    ‘they're worried about how they'll look at their croning’
    • ‘In addition, Pagans will seek creative approaches to celebrating or marking life changes such as menarche, coming of age, graduations, cronings, divorces, and other changes in life not usually celebrated by society in general.’
    • ‘What does the celebration of croning have to do with our relationship to God and others?’
    • ‘A young woman in her twenties introduced herself as living in a community of lesbians in Maine where the ceremony of croning has been a regular part of her growing up.’


1990s: blend of crone + crowning from crown.