carnation

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noun car·na·tion \kär-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of carnation

  1. 1a (1) :  the variable color of human flesh (2) :  a pale to grayish yellowb :  a moderate red

  2. 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

  1. 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

carnation

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noun car·na·tion \kär-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of carnation for English Language Learners

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


CARNATION Defined for Kids

carnation

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noun car·na·tion \kär-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of carnation for Students

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



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