cron (name of the system program that handles these tasks; from Ancient Greek χρόνος (khrónos)) + shortening of table.
crontab (plural crontabs)
- (computing, Unix) A table of commands to be executed periodically.
- 2008, Michael Lucas, Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD
- The purpose of
/etc/crontab is different from that of individual users' crontabs. With
/etc/crontab, root may specify which user will run a particular command.