Definition of sweetcorn in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Maize of a variety with kernels that have a high sugar content. It is grown for human consumption and is harvested while slightly immature.

    • ‘Now there should be room for the 5 sweetcorn (which are growing well) and the sprouting broccoli and the 4 runner beans I have been given in exchange for the Welsh onions.’
    • ‘It was followed up by a protocol that included both sweetcorn and maize - and therefore this follows on the answer I have already given - and that has since been revised again.’
    • ‘If you don't care to grow cabbages, sweetcorn would be a good alternative that would also benefit from the nitrogen.’
    • ‘The cathedral-sized plane trees were shading them, too, and they too could enjoy the view out onto rolling vineyards and fields of sweetcorn and sunflowers.’
    • ‘The neat rows will soon show signs of spring onions, carrots, onions, potatoes, garlic, radishes, beetroot, turnip, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, sweetcorn and rhubarb.’
    • ‘I went for the restorative soup of sweetcorn and ginger, which had a surprisingly light and smooth texture.’
    • ‘Last month, the EU authorised a GM sweetcorn for human consumption, lifting a de facto moratorium on the authorisation on such new products in place since 1999.’
    • ‘The first year I grew sweetcorn the crop was fabulous, and in my naivety I believed it was all down to me, following those instructions to the letter and demonstrating my growing feel for, well, growing things.’
    • ‘Sow sweetcorn, French and runner beans and, in all but very cold areas, courgettes and squashes.’
    • ‘I took her to a farm shop recently so that she could see food in the raw and she was amazed that sweetcorn grew in fields.’
    • ‘They were farmers of arid land who built adobe houses in cliffs, grew miniature sweetcorn and squash, wove baskets and made beautiful clay pots.’
    sweetcorn, maize, corn on the cob, indian corn
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    1. 1.1 The kernels of sweetcorn eaten as a vegetable.
      • ‘I asked for the recipe for their Cream of sweetcorn with hazelnut & cured duck ham soup, but they wouldn't give it to me so I'm going to have to experiment to try and recreate it.’
      • ‘Not content with dressing up as a giant grain of sweetcorn to amuse chip-scoffing children, the celebrity chef has extracted £220m from the government to improve school meals in England.’
      • ‘When I'm using sweetcorn I toss in two or three grains, perhaps after every four or five trots through the swim.’
      • ‘The tiny specks of red are pepper; the little yellow lumps of something that looks like fossilised baby teeth are sweetcorn.’
      • ‘Consider a tablespoon of oil - olive or sunflower or whatever - which you might typically use to stir-fry your mange tout or baby sweetcorn.’
      • ‘He said the European Commission will make a decision on May 19 which will in effect authorise the placing on the market of a tin of GM sweetcorn for consumers to buy or not as they decide.’
      • ‘While heading for the sugar counter, I noticed that sweetcorn was 15p a can cheaper than Sainsbury's, and tinned tomatoes were only 7p.’
      • ‘There were children who were amazed to learn that peas come from pods and sweetcorn doesn't come out of cans.’
      • ‘One night we celebrate a birthday with fresh lobster and sweetcorn.’
      • ‘I open the fridge and grimace at the stench from a bowl of tuna and sweetcorn, which Adrian has left uncovered for three days.’
      • ‘For a main course, you could try the Malaysian curry, a spicy combination of stir-fried sugar snaps, baby sweetcorn and bean curd at #9.80.’
      • ‘The yellow pigments zeaxanthin and lutein in sweetcorn, which are not destroyed by the canning process, have been linked to reducing the risk of age-related blindness.’
      • ‘Both were £13.95 and came with side dishes of mange tout, baby sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli which were welcome because of the strong flavours and forthright presentation.’
      • ‘The aftermath of Dalston market is quite a sight - apparently yesterday the big sellers were cabbages and sweetcorn, but there were also plenty of fish heads to slip in.’
      • ‘Serve with baby sweetcorn and sugar-snap peas.’
      • ‘He gave me a Champneys cookbook which was full of healthy recipes such as salt cod with sweet pepper, tomato and olive sauce and sweetcorn and smoked haddock.’
      • ‘To serve, put crushed potato in centre of plate, place spinach on top and surround with trompette and sweetcorn.’
      • ‘The sweetcorn varieties we choose to eat today are favourites because they've been hybridised to develop the high sugar content which is so appealing to our palates.’
      • ‘Bill brought fresh blueberries that his sister had picked, and fantastic fresh, tender sweetcorn from his neighbour's garden - a real treat.’
      • ‘The decision on whether to allow the sale of GM food in the EU, in the form of tinned sweetcorn, is due before EU agriculture ministers later this month.’