Definition of Cro-Magnon in US English:

Cro-Magnon

(also Cromagnon)

adjective

  • Of or relating to the first group of modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) to inhabit Europe, dated to between 35,000 and 24,000 years ago in the Upper Palaeolithic.

noun

  • A Cro-Magnon human.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Cro-Magnon (French Cro-Magnon), the name of a rock shelter in a limestone cliff near Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France, in which the remains of early modern humans were first found in 1868.