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Noun: "the condition of being an elderly woman; the time during which a woman is elderly"[edit]

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  • 1972 — Ms. Magazine:
    Most of the women I know began to fly because a perpetual turnover of women leaving to marry, have babies, or enter premature cronehood, but replacements were always waiting in the wings: in 1955, some 20000 women applied for 347 available posts at American.
  • 1983 — David Quammen, The Zolta Configuration, Doubleday & Company (1983), ISBN 9780385178990, page 18:
    Both hands are now clasped tight on her lap and she seems to have shrunken at least one dress size further toward cronehood since this subject came up.
  • 1985 — Barbara G. Walker, The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power, Harper & Row (1985), ISBN 9780062509284, page 144:
    Younger women should also uphold the ideals of feminine authority, so their own later cronehood will not be blighted by fear or contempt.
  • 1991 — Shekhinah Mountainwater, Ariadne's Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic, The Crossing Press (1991), ISBN 9780895944764, page 160:
    In mythopoetic terms, the year has a life span like any other living creature on earth. She has infancy, maidenhood, adulthood, and motherhood, cronehood, death and rebirth.
  • 1991 — Norman Rush, "Love Itself", in Mating, Knopf (1991), ISBN 9780394544724, page 358:
    But there were no phones in Tsau and never would be until I was in cronehood, if then.
  • 1992 — Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess, HarperSanFrancisco (1992), ISBN 0062503707, page 221:
    If a woman has chosen motherhood, her cronehood may be timed by her last child leaving home or when she becomes a grandmother. Cronehood can also be marked by retirement from a career or mainstream job, or by the death of her parents or spouse.
  • 1993 — Thomas Keneally, Woman of the Inner Sea, Plume (1993), ISBN 9780452271777, page 103:
    For grief had seized up her womb. She did not have her monthly bleed as women her age were meant to. She did not go through the phases of desire. She considered herself to be in cronehood.
  • 1995 — Barbara Ehrenreich, "A Term of Honor", Time, 23 January 1995:
    Women, and perhaps especially white middle-class women, are trained to believe the only way to win love and approval is to be a good little girl until well into cronehood.
  • 1996 — Ellen Sander, "Menopause — the Yoga Way", Yoga Journal, January/February 1996:
    Yoga can be a powerful tool for helping women experience the passage into cronehood as a positive event, both physically and spiritually.
  • 1997 — David & Leigh Eddings, Polgara the Sorceress, Del Ray (1999), ISBN 0345422554, pages 142-143:
    It was a little vain, perhaps, but the notion of cronehood sent me immediately to my mirror.
  • 1998 — Connie Brockway, My Dearest Enemy, Dell Publishing (1998), ISBN 9780307759979, page 35:
    "Croneling?" John tilted his head in perplexity.
    "Croneling. Noun. One who has yet to achieve cronehood. The adolescent phase of the British crone," Avery lectured.
  • 2003 — Alev Lytle Croutier, Seven Houses, Simon & Schuster (2003), ISBN 9780743444132, page 253:
    She smells like an old woman despite the eau de cologne — maybe because of the cologne. Lemon blossoms, always. Looking at Camilla's miniature figure, her squished-up face with the same characteristics as mine, I see my own cronehood in the mirror.
  • 2007 — Naomi Neale, Method Man, Dorchester Publishing Company (2007), ISBN 9780505526977, page 68:
    Rarely were words more calculated to make a gal feel like she'd entered cronehood.
  • 2009 — Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2009), ISBN 9780374292195, page 126:
    "It's not all your fault, I know. You're both barbarous idiots, as far as I'm concerned. If I weren't so spineless, I'd tell the two of you to go fly a kite and live out my cronehood in solitude, but so be it. I'm a coward."
  • 2011 — Denise Hamilton, Damage Control, Scribner (2011), ISBN 9780743296748, page 9:
    I'm thirty-two, and that's almost cronehood in this town.

Noun: "(Wicca) the elderly stage of a female Wiccan witch (compared with the Crone aspect of the Goddess)"[edit]

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  • 2000 — Beverly Engel, Women Circling the Earth, Health Communications, Inc. (2000), ISBN 1558747559, page 34:
    Many circles create ceremonies to mark a woman's passage into cronehood and designate special status to crones
  • 2006 — Ashleen O'Gaea, Family Wicca: Practical Paganism for Parents and Children, New Page Books (2006), ISBN 9781564148865, page 213:
    An archaic term, really, but I like it. crone: A menopausal or post-menopausal Wiccan. The time at which a woman assumes her cronehood is intensely individual.
  • 2007 — Ruth Barrett, Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., ISBN 9780738709246, page 9:
    She speaks her commitment to herself as an elder and to the aspects of cronehood she will celebrate.
  • 2007 — Kevin M. Gardner, A Handbook for Wiccan Clergy, AuthorHouse (2007), ISBN 9781434339232, page 29:
    Grant (name) the gifts of inspiration, and a clear and quick mind as he/she approaches the honored state of (Sagehood/Cronehood).