Main definitions of carnation in English

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carnation1

noun

  • A double-flowered cultivated variety of clove pink, with grey-green leaves and showy pink, white, or red flowers.

    • ‘It was a work of art, four feet in diameter comprised of orchids, lilies of the valley, hyacinths, arum lilies and white carnations.’
    • ‘This unique hybrid features large balls of blooms that resemble carnations in a charming white cream color.’
    • ‘Participants learnt advanced techniques in producing and protecting roses, orchids, gerberas, anthuriums and carnations.’
    • ‘This arrangement takes red roses and carnations and surrounds them with blue larkspur and white mini carnations and snapdragons.’
    • ‘She also enjoyed flowers adorning the Keegan home with a variety of flowers, with white carnations being her favourite.’
    • ‘Other skills, such as cultivating onions, giant leeks, melons, carnations, fuchsias and roses for competition, are honed on allotments.’
    • ‘Mention the names carnation, pinks or sweet William and most gardeners will immediately recognize the family of plants.’
    • ‘They wore fuchsia pink bodice top and skirt and carried matching bouquets of pink and white carnations.’
    • ‘To the left and right were carnations, daffodils, orchids, and every species of flower Althia could recognize and some she couldn't.’
    • ‘In the galleries, export market cut flowers such as anthuriums, orchids, carnations, heliconiums and gerberas attracted a large number of people.’
    • ‘Double Delight has flowers as complex as carnations.’
    • ‘Willow trees swayed gently besides the house, offering shade; she could make out a showcase of white lilies and golden carnations behind the foggy windows of an adjacent greenhouse.’
    • ‘It was a bouquet of flowers, white carnations, with just the very edges of the petals dyed a bright cerulean blue.’
    • ‘Choose flowers with full heads like dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums and daffodils.’
    • ‘It had the most beautiful carnations, lilies, white and blood red roses I had ever seen.’
    • ‘Hundreds of wreaths, mainly made up of seasonal flowers such as carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies and gerbera were laid in his memory’
    • ‘One also does not give white asters or carnations in Switzerland.’
    • ‘It was summer when I was there, and beds of dahlias, marigolds, carnations, violets and pansies painted the entire garden in rich reds, purples, yellows and blues.’
    • ‘Stitched with colorful silk threads on a wool ground, primarily in cross-stitch, it features an acorn and carnation border, three wide floral bands, and averse.’
    • ‘Her shroud was covered in red and white carnations, an icon placed on her breast, while candles burned at her head and feet.’

Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps based on a misreading of Arabic qaranful clove or clove pink, from Greek karyophyllon. The early forms suggest confusion with carnation, with incarnation, and with coronation.

Pronunciation:

carnation

/kɑːˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

Main definitions of carnation in English

: carnation1carnation2

carnation2

noun

  • A rosy pink colour:

    [as modifier] ‘sage and carnation throw pillows’
    • ‘The skirt was ‘a loose undergarment, full gathered, of carnation, striped with silver and parted with a golden zone’.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from French carnation colour of one's flesh, based on Latin carn- flesh.

Pronunciation:

carnation

/kɑːˈneɪʃ(ə)n/