Origin of cornelianMiddle English and Old French corneline, diminutive from Old French corneola, probably (because of similarity of color) from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cornea: see cornel
- (mineralogy) Alternative form of carnelian.
From Old French corneline (French cornaline), from Medieval Latin cornus or cornum after the berry Cornus mas (cornelian cherry).
(comparative more Cornelian, superlative most Cornelian)
- Pertaining to Pierre Corneille, or characteristic of his tragedies
From French cornélien.