What does Carnation mean?

Carnation meaning in General Dictionary

The natural colour of flesh rosy green

View more

  • red or pinkish
  • a pink or reddish-pink shade
  • Eurasian plant with red to purple-red spice-scented frequently double blossoms; extensively developed in several varieties and lots of colors
  • The normal colour of flesh; rosy green.
  • Those components of an image in which the human anatomy or any section of its represented entirely color; the flesh tints.
  • a types of Dianthus (D. Caryophyllus) or pink, havingu000du000a really beautiful plants of varied colors, esp. white and usually au000du000a wealthy, spicy fragrance.

Carnation meaning in Names Dictionary

Name Origin: French
Name Gender: Female

Carnation meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"Dianthus Caryophyllus," commonly also referred to as "pink," herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to south Europe and rich in Normandy, 1530s, of uncertain source. Early types tend to be confused; perhaps (on proof of very early spellings) it's a corruption of coronation, from rose's used in chaplets or from toothed crown-like look of the petals. Or it may be called for its pinkness and derive from Middle French carnation "person's color or skin" (15c.), which most likely is from Italian dialectal carnagione "flesh color," from belated Latin carnationem (nominative carnatio) "fleshiness," from Latin caro "flesh" (see carnage). This carnation was in fact lent separately into English as "color of human flesh" (1530s) so that as an adjective meaning "flesh-colored" (1560s; the initial utilization of the word in English would be to suggest "the incarnation of Christ," mid-14c.). OED explains that only a few the blossoms tend to be this shade.

Sentence Examples with the word Carnation

But roses only bloom in summer; whereas the fine carnation of their cheeks is perennial as sunlight in the seventh heavens.

View more Sentence Examples