carnation

noun car·na·tion \ kär-ˈnā-shən \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of carnation

1 : a plant of any of numerous often cultivated and usually double-flowered varieties or subspecies of an Old World pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) found in many color variations
2 : a moderate red
3 archaic : the variable color of human flesh

Examples of carnation in a Sentence

  1. The groom wore a carnation in his buttonhole.

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Origin and Etymology of carnation

Medieval French, from Old Italian carnagione, from carne flesh, from Latin carn-, caro


CARNATION Defined for English Language Learners

carnation

Definition of carnation for English Language Learners

  • : a pink, white, yellow, or red flower that has a sweet smell


CARNATION Defined for Kids

carnation

noun car·na·tion \ kär-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of carnation for Students

: a fragrant usually white, pink, or red garden or greenhouse flower


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