- a popular garden and greenhouse plant (Dianthus caryophyllus) of the pink family, usually with white, pink, or red double flowers that smell like cloves
- the flower of this plant
- [often pl.] a flesh-colored tint formerly used in painting
- moderate to deep red
Origin of carnationMiddle French from Classical Latin caro, flesh (see carnal), after Old French incarnation, incarnation; sense influenced, influence by OIt carnagione, flesh-colored from carnaggio
- a. Any of numerous cultivated forms of a perennial plant (Dianthus caryophyllus) having showy, variously colored, usually double, often fragrant flowers with fringed petals.b. A flower of this plant. Also called clove pink .
- A pinkish tint once used in painting.
Origin of carnationFrom obsolete French flesh-colored from Old French ( from Old Italian carnagione skin, complexion ) ( from carne flesh ) or from Late Latin carnātiō carnātiōn- flesh both from Latin carō carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural carnations)
- (botany) A type of Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its flowers.
- originally, Dianthus caryophyllus
- other members of genus Dianthus and hybrids
- The type of flower they bear, originally flesh-coloured, but since hybridizing found in a variety of colours.
- A rosy pink colour
- (archaic) The pinkish colors used in art to render human face and flesh
- Sometimes, a scarlet colour.
- Of a rosy pink or red colour
- (archaic) Of a human flesh color.
From Middle French carnation (“person's color or complexion”).