cone [coneconesconedconing] noun, verb BrE [kəʊn] NAmE [koʊn] noun 1. a solid or hollow object with a round flat base and sides that slope up to a point see also ↑conic, ↑conical 2. a solid or hollow object that is shaped like a cone •a paper cone full of popcorn •the cone of a volcano see also ↑nose cone 3. (alsoˈtraffic cone)a plastic object shaped like a cone and often red and white, or yellow, in colour, used on roads to show where vehicles are not allowed to go, for example while repairs are being done 4. (also old-fashioned cornet)a piece of thin crisp biscuit shaped like a cone, which you can put ice cream in to eat it 5. the hard dry fruit of a ↑pine or ↑fir tree •a pine cone see also ↑fir cone
Word Origin: late Middle English (denoting an apex or vertex): from French cône, via Latin from Greek kōnos. Derived: ↑cone something off
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Word Origin: late Middle English (denoting an apex or vertex): from French cône, via Latin from Greek kōnos.