Other Word Forms
Origin of carnation
- From 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- sker-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French carnation (“person's color or complexion”).