- any of numerous cultivated varieties of the clove pink, Dianthus caryophyllus, having long-stalked, fragrant, usually double flowers in a variety of colors: the state flower of Ohio.
- pink; light red.
- Obsolete. the color of flesh.
- having the color carnation.
Origin of carnation
Examples from the Web for carnation
Justin, a 4-year-old West Highland terrier from Long Island, was having his face hair-sprayed into the shape of a carnation.Backstage at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, Won by Banana Joe
February 13, 2013
Lily sits upon the settee by the piano and fastens the carnation in her dress.The 'Mind the Paint' Girl
No woman ever combined a carnation and a rosebud into a boutonniere.Sixes and Sevens
May flushed a little, and put her hand consciously to the carnation at her throat.Love in a Cloud
Then off she ran after her father, who had only changed one carnation for another.The Ink-Stain, Complete
Fig. 52 shows an oleander cutting at a, a carnation at b, and a geranium at c.The Nursery Book
Liberty Hyde Bailey
- Also called: clove pink a Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Dianthus caryophyllus, cultivated in many varieties for its white, pink, or red flowers, which have a fragrant scent of cloves
- the flower of this plant
- a pink or reddish-pink colour
- (as adjective)a carnation dress
- (often plural) a flesh tint in painting
Word Origin and History for carnation
"Dianthus Caryophyllus," commonly also called "pink," herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to southern Europe and abundant in Normandy, 1530s, of uncertain origin. The early forms are confused; perhaps (on evidence of early spellings) it is a corruption of coronation, from the flower's being used in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals.
Or it might be called for its pinkness and derive from Middle French carnation "person's color or complexion" (15c.), which probably is from Italian dialectal carnagione "flesh color," from Late Latin carnationem (nominative carnatio) "fleshiness," from Latin caro "flesh" (see carnage). This carnation had been borrowed separately into English as "color of human flesh" (1530s) and as an adjective meaning "flesh-colored" (1560s; the earliest use of the word in English was to mean "the incarnation of Christ," mid-14c.). OED points out that not all the flowers are this color.