Definition of carnelian
: a hard red chalcedony used in jewelry
Origin of carnelian
alteration of cornelian, from Middle English corneline, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Old French cornele cornel cherry
First Known Use: 1695
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Definition of carnelian for Students
: a hard reddish quartz used as a gem
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