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.
Origin and Etymology of carnation
Medieval French, from Old Italian carnagione, from carne flesh, from Latin carn-, caro
First Known Use: circa 1535
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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