Definition of scone in US English:



  • A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened biscuit-like cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.

    • ‘Bake for 15 minutes, until the scones have risen and turned lightly golden.’
    • ‘These are accompanied by all manner of sandwiches, scones and cakes piled onto tiered stands.’
    • ‘The Caribou orange-currant scone is a scone without integrity.’
    • ‘No gentle reader, the raisin scone was the scone of the gods.’
    • ‘For this, adults and children all over the kingdom were getting ready for the feast at night, making great mountains of cakes, scones and all other kinds of goodies.’
    • ‘Breakfast items include freshly baked scones, muffins and a cheese omelet as well as coffee, espresso, cappuccino and latte.’
    • ‘Diane made some scones and there was fruit and such.’
    • ‘The spa is at the end of the garden, where, if you can find a waiter capable of boiling a kettle and buttering a scone, you can take tea.’
    • ‘British-style afternoon tea is still popular, complete with scones, cakes, and other pastries, especially when entertaining guests.’
    • ‘It is more to do with the fact that I rather enjoy having a reason to bake scones, flip pikelets and occasionally bake a cake.’
    • ‘The sandwiches, scones and cakes were served by the waitress in a tiered silver cake stand.’
    • ‘Their afternoon tea menu includes a selection of hot and iced teas accompanied by scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, and assorted small pastries, as well as small bites taken from trays.’
    • ‘Buttered scones seem best, not too lavish as a pre-tea snack; we eat them with mugs of tea as dad goes out to feed the pigs in the yard and Mum and Aunty Eileen start cooking.’
    • ‘But my strawberry scones are something else entirely.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, why not tea and scones - except skip the tea, eat the scones!’
    • ‘The book is a melting pot of information, with anecdotes, photographs and recipes ranging from tons of game to the scones we now know the Queen feeds to the corgis.’
    • ‘A wide range of desserts includes everything from fruit scones to apple pie or a plate of petits desserts.’
    • ‘But what I also found tantilisingly awaiting me behind the counter was a stack of freshly baked Russian tea cakes and lemon scones, both of which I purchased and consumed in startling quantities.’
    • ‘First, there will be pineapple scones, still warm from the baking sheet, and a cloth-lined tin of cinnamon muffins and apple-spice bread.’
    • ‘There would be scones and jams for the children to gorge themselves on, and all sorts of pies and pasties, but what truly intrigued me were the tongue sandwiches that no hamper seemed to be complete without.’


Early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) ‘fine (bread)’.