[ kawrn-flou-er ]

  1. Also called bachelor's-button, bluebottle. a European composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, growing in grainfields, having blue to white flower heads, often cultivated as an ornamental.

  2. Also called cornflower blue . a deep, vivid blue.

Origin of cornflower

First recorded in 1570–80; corn1 + flower

Words Nearby cornflower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cornflower in a sentence

  • In the farmhouse were only two young girls, the elder a charming golden-haired fairy with tender eyes of cornflower blue.

    With Steyn and De Wet | Philip Pienaar

British Dictionary definitions for cornflower


/ (ˈkɔːnˌflaʊə) /

  1. a Eurasian herbaceous plant, Centaurea cyanus, with blue, purple, pink, or white flowers, formerly a common weed in cornfields: family Asteraceae (composites): Also called: bluebottle See also bachelor's-buttons

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