Definition of carnation
1a (1) : the variable color of human flesh (2) : a pale to grayish yellowb : a moderate red
2 : a plant of any of numerous often cultivated and usually double-flowered varieties or subspecies of an Old World pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) originally flesh-colored but now found in many color variations
Examples of carnation in a Sentence
The groom wore a carnation in his buttonhole.
Recent Examples of carnation from the Web
A guy in a red-white-blue bikini holding a bunch of color-matching carnations.
More adornment came from the flowers and greenery -- palm tree fronds, palm buds, King Proteus, orange roses, lilies, and hundreds of hot pink carnations -- provided by Lisa Brooking and Newman parents' gardens.
Bachelor’s buttons, calendula, violets, carnations, daisies, and lilacs fit the bill.
One by one, family members placed a white carnation inside a blue star wreath Friday outside the Gary Public Safety Facility.
Each couple was given raffle tickets upon entry, moms received a carnation and boys received glow sticks.
The carnation (native to England) was adopted by the legislature in 1913.
Jarvis was dismayed as the holiday became more commercialized and eventually was arrested for protesting at a Mother's Day carnation sale, according to Biography.com.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden had no trouble pulling together an array of mini carnations, golden aster, babies breath, daisies and ferns.
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Origin and Etymology of carnation
Medieval French, from Old Italian carnagione, from carne flesh, from Latin carn-, caro
First Known Use: circa 1535See Words from the same year
CARNATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carnation for English Language Learners
: a pink, white, yellow, or red flower that has a sweet smell
CARNATION Defined for Kids
Definition of carnation for Students
: a fragrant usually white, pink, or red garden or greenhouse flower
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