Dictionary.com

carnelian

[ kahr-neel-yuhn ]
/ kɑrˈnil yən /
Save This Word!

noun

a red or reddish variety of chalcedony, used in jewelry.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also cornelian.

Origin of carnelian

1685–95; variant (with a of carnation) of cornelian,Middle English cornel(ine) (<Middle French, probably equivalent to Old French cornele cornel cherry + -ine-ine1) + -ian
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for carnelian

carnelian
/ (kɑːˈniːljən) /

noun

a red or reddish-yellow translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone
C17: variant of cornelian, from Old French corneline, of uncertain origin; car- spelling influenced by Latin carneus flesh-coloured
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Get Online Help For Kids!