Definition of scone in US English:

scone

noun

  • A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened biscuitlike 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.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, why not tea and scones - except skip the tea, eat the scones!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are accompanied by all manner of sandwiches, scones and cakes piled onto tiered stands.’
    • ‘Diane made some scones and there was fruit and such.’
    • ‘The Caribou orange-currant scone is a scone without integrity.’
    • ‘First, there will be pineapple scones, still warm from the baking sheet, and a cloth-lined tin of cinnamon muffins and apple-spice bread.’
    • ‘The sandwiches, scones and cakes were served by the waitress in a tiered silver cake stand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But my strawberry scones are something else entirely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A wide range of desserts includes everything from fruit scones to apple pie or a plate of petits desserts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘British-style afternoon tea is still popular, complete with scones, cakes, and other pastries, especially when entertaining guests.’
    • ‘No gentle reader, the raisin scone was the scone of the gods.’
    • ‘Breakfast items include freshly baked scones, muffins and a cheese omelet as well as coffee, espresso, cappuccino and latte.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation