Meaning of cran in English:


Pronunciation /kran/


  • A measure of fresh herrings, equivalent to 371/2 gallons.

    ‘‘One year in a plosher, the Venus, we landed 110 cran in five nights’ fishing.’
    • ‘One outstanding day is remembered by some ever now, when a average of 80 cran of herring were landed by 40 boats.’
    • ‘Each finished barrel held a cran of herring.’


Late 18th century from Scottish Gaelic crann, perhaps the same word as crann ‘lot’, denoting the share of fish given to each member of the crew.