Definition of carnation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kɑːˈneɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrˈneɪʃn//
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a white, pink, red or yellow flower, often worn as a decoration on formal occasions He was wearing a carnation in his buttonhole. Word Originlate 16th cent.: perhaps based on a misreading of Arabic qaranful ‘clove or clove pink’, from Greek karyophyllon. The early forms suggest confusion with a different word carnation ‘rosy pink colour’, with incarnation, and with coronation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carnation