Origin of cornel

1400–50; late Middle English corneille < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *cornicul(a), equivalent to Latin corn(us) cornel + -i- -i- + -cula -cule1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of cornel

Historical Examples of cornel

  • Your father was a common so'dier and his was cornel o' the regiment!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • He may be your late husband, mem, but he's my cornel yet, and I s' keep my word til him!

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • Cornel is a kind of wood of great hardness used for making bows.

  • And Circ shut them in sties, and gave them mast and acorns and cornel to eat.

    Stories of the Old world

    Alfred John Church

  • And when you cam, Cornel, we were awfu' anxious you should never hear.

British Dictionary definitions for cornel


  1. any cornaceous plant of the genus Cornus, such as the dogwood and dwarf cornel

Word Origin for cornel

C16: probably from Middle Low German kornelle, from Old French cornelle, from Vulgar Latin cornicula (unattested), from Latin cornum cornel cherry, from cornus cornel tree
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Word Origin and History for cornel

a type of tree or shrub with an edible fruit, 1550s, from German cornel-baum, from Old High German cornul, from Medieval Latin cornolium, from French cornouille, from Vulgar Latin *cornuculum, from Latin cornum "cornel-cherry," perhaps related to Greek kerasos "cherry." Old English also had borrowed the Latin word, in corntreow. The plant was noted for its hard wood, favored by the ancients for making shafts of spears and arrows.

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