Main definitions of corn in English

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corn1

noun

mass noun
  • 1British The chief cereal crop of a district, especially (in England) wheat or (in Scotland) oats.

    ‘fields of corn’
    • ‘To a European, corn covers all the cereal crops - wheat, barley, oat, and so on.’
    • ‘Peas, beans or carrots also formed part of the diet, plus corn, i.e. oats or maize.’
    grain, cereal, cereal crop
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    1. 1.1 The grain of a cereal crop.
      • ‘Using a grater set over a bowl, grate the corn kernels off the cobs.’
      • ‘The moisture inside the corn kernels was expanding, violently bursting out of the hard shells.’
      • ‘Zein is a corn protein making up about half of the protein found in the corn kernel.’
      • ‘Push the corn kernels to the side of the pan; add the sugar and allow the sugar to caramelize.’
      • ‘I look over at Mory, who is pushing around a corn kernel with her fork.’
      • ‘I waded through enough surf-and-turfs and enough creamed corn to last a lifetime.’
      • ‘Two ears of Long Island corn, slathered in butter and salt.’
      • ‘Popcorn has never tasted so good to Lavonne Sanders, an entrepreneur who has turned popping golden kernels of corn into a lucrative business venture.’
      • ‘By sticking an ear of dried corn on top, he lured squirrels to charge up the board and then spin around for a dizzying ride.’
      • ‘Cover the kernels with the corn stock by one inch, reserving the remaining stock for the garnish.’
      • ‘Lin served Lannie; dinner consisted of roast beef, cream corn, beans, mashed potatoes and a tall glass of tropical Kool-aid.’
      • ‘Add the corn kernels, garlic, and shallot and sauté until tender, about 30 seconds.’
      • ‘Indigenous Mexicans believe that God created humanity from an ear of corn and call themselves ‘people of maize’.’
      • ‘In a pot, bring cream, milk and corn to a boil.’
      • ‘There were separate spoons for soup, corn, and ice cream.’
      • ‘Add the corn kernels and simmer until tender, about five minutes.’
      • ‘Had my child not been in my arms, I probably would have dragged you out of your cart and shoved my ear of hot buttered corn down your red neck.’
      • ‘Christopher says his biggest failure was cream corn.’
      • ‘His challenge was to eat creamed corn and cod liver oil.’
      • ‘As she walked into the kitchen The Captain was just in the process of heaping handfuls of the kernels into the corn popper that was already heated up.’
      grain, cereal, cereal crop
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    2. 1.2
      North American, Australian, and New Zealand term for maize
      • ‘They grow lettuce, corn, parsley, sugar cane, rice and radishes.’
      • ‘They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.’
      • ‘As a youngster and teenager, I grew up on a big farm in the country where my father grew large crops of sugar beets, potatoes, corn, and alfalfa every year.’
      • ‘This year Neville won 18 first and second place prizes for his grasses, which include maize, clover, corn, wheat and many more grown on his farm at Caniaba.’
      • ‘Crops produced by these projects include mahango, maize, groundnuts, corn, cotton and various vegetables.’
      • ‘The surrounding farmers raise sugar beets, corn, and sunflowers for oil.’
      • ‘Amta payments are available for barley, corn, upland cotton, oats, rice, sorghum, and wheat.’
      • ‘The Pomak economy is based on agriculture and their major crops include rye, barley, corn, flax, potatoes and tobacco.’
      • ‘Spittlebugs especially like strawberries, corn and legumes.’
      • ‘Steer away from safflower, sunflower, corn and sesame oils, as well as polyunsaturated vegetable oils.’
      • ‘Traditional rural staples are sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, rice, pigeon peas, cowpeas, bread, and coffee.’
      • ‘The major agricultural products are wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum, sugarcane, potatoes, and fruits.’
      • ‘Polyunsaturated oils, such as flax, corn, hemp, safflower, sesame and sunflower, have at least two gaps.’
      • ‘He has three agricultural centres growing rice, corn, maize and peanuts.’
      sweetcorn, maize, corn on the cob, indian corn
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  • 2informal Something banal or sentimental.

    ‘the film is pure corn’
    • ‘The appetite audiences have for sentimental corn should never be underestimated.’
    • ‘God, will I forever be forced to deal with this massive amount of cheese and corn from now on…?’
    • ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band is pure corn but rather tasty all the same.’

Phrases

  • corn on the cob

    • Maize when cooked and eaten straight from the cob.

      • ‘This dish is pure luxury: a glorious pile of clams, mussels, corn on the cob, spicy sausage, and a bright-red lobster, all roasted on a bed of seaweed and served table-side.’
      • ‘If you like sweetcorn, try the corn on the cob - it was delicious, all barbecued and crispy.’
      • ‘The ‘pearly whites’ of the corn on the cob, burst sweetly and milkily in your mouth straight off - roasting this variety, at least, was unnecessary.’
      • ‘We had herbed chicken, beef brisket, chili beans, fruit salad and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘My Mom is making an All-American meal: burgers, corn on the cob, freshly made fries, and apple pie.’
      • ‘While the food is unpretentious - steak, corn on the cob, beans, cowboy coffee - it's fresh and of top-drawer quality, and nobody goes away hungry.’
      • ‘Serve with steak fries, corn on the cob (you can do that on the grill, too), and the simplest salad you can think of.’
      • ‘Around her, hundreds of people were also enjoying barbecue beef sandwiches and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘Dad barbecued some steaks, and Mom made potato salad and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw that dinner for the evening was to consist of rough hewn pork, corn on the cob, a messy cabbage-type salad and what I presumed were beef cutlets.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koren and German Korn.

Pronunciation

corn

/kɔːn/

Main definitions of corn in English

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corn2

noun

  • A small, painful area of thickened skin on the foot, especially on the toes, caused by pressure.

    • ‘Metatarsal pads can also be used to change the alignment of the toes to relieve pressure on soft corns.’
    • ‘In addition, soaking your feet in warm water or with Epsom salts can alleviate painful corns and calluses.’
    • ‘From my 25th year, I have been suffering from corns on the feet.’
    • ‘Maybe they would have given me blisters or bunions or corns.’
    • ‘See your doctor if you have foot pain or corns, or if you can't trim your toenails well.’
    • ‘A variety of products are available over-the-counter for the treatment of common foot problems, such as athlete's foot, onychomycosis, foot pain, corns, warts and bunions.’
    • ‘But Mrs Ruthven warns the fad could lead to corns, bunions, calluses, claw toes, hammer toes - even arthritis and lower back problems.’
    • ‘Deepika is my foot guru who, in half an hour, will transform my unattractive foot complete with corns, calluses and untidy-looking toes into a thing of beauty.’
    • ‘Common problems are bunions, hammer toes, corns and pain in the balls of the feet.’
    • ‘Most boot related injuries are the same injuries that wearing any tight, stiff shoe can cause, meaning corns, calluses, blisters, and bone spurs.’
    • ‘How many corns, bunions, ingrowing toenails, pads of rock-hard skin and blisters are hidden away under tights and woolly socks?’
    • ‘That Bo Jackson, he can do anything, I once went to a brunch with him and my feet were covered with corns and after a handshake with him they were gone.’
    • ‘She wore cheap tennis shoes with holes cut out for corns or bunions, something painful.’
    • ‘See your regular doctor or a foot-care specialist for calluses, corns, bunions or warts.’
    • ‘His feet did not sweat normally and he had huge corns over his weight-bearing areas of the big toe, the heel, and the heads of the deep bones of the toes.’
    • ‘The accessories that come with it: corns, hammertoes, bunions, ingrown toe nails, calluses, and the list goes on.’
    • ‘On the toes, reactions to a pressure point are called corns.’
    • ‘Wearing improperly fitting shoes on a daily basis causes foot problems such as calluses, corns, hammertoes, bunions, and more.’
    • ‘By choosing appropriate footwear and keeping feet free of blisters, calluses and corns, we increase the body's general well being.’
    • ‘Bunions, blisters and corns sound gruesome - and they are.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin cornu ‘horn’.

Pronunciation

corn

/kɔːn/