Corn definition

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An ear of this plant.
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(informal) Corn whiskey.
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(chiefly british) Any of various cereal plants or grains, especially the principal crop cultivated in a particular region, such as wheat in England or oats in Scotland.
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Corn is defined as to form into tiny particles, to feed grain to animals, or to preserve foods with salt.

An example of corn is to bring grain out to the horses.

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(slang) Something considered trite, dated, melodramatic, or unduly sentimental.
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(informal) Corn whiskey.
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To feed (animals) with corn or grain.
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(now dial.) A tiny, hard particle, as of salt or sand; granule; grain.
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The grains or kernels of this plant, used as food for humans and livestock or for the extraction of an edible oil or starch.
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A single grain of a cereal plant.
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A seed or fruit of various other plants, such as a peppercorn.
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To cause to form hard particles; granulate.
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To season and preserve with granulated salt.
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To preserve (beef, for example) in brine.
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To form hard particles; become grainy.
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A horny thickening of the skin, usually on or near a toe, resulting from pressure or friction.
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A small, hard seed or seedlike fruit, esp. a seed or grain of a cereal grass; kernel.

Peppercorn, barleycorn.

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The leading cereal crop in a particular place, as wheat in England or oats in Scotland and Ireland.
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(informal) Ideas, humor, music, etc. regarded as old-fashioned, trite, banal, or sentimental.
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A cultivated American cereal plant (Zea mays) of the grass family, with the grain borne on cobs enclosed in husks; maize.
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The ears or kernels of this cereal plant.
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The seeds of all cereal grasses, as wheat, rye, barley, etc.; grain.
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Any plant or plants producing grain.
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To form into granules.
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To preserve or pickle with salt granules or in brine.
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To feed grain to (animals)
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A hard, thick, painful growth of skin, esp. on a toe, caused by pressure or friction.
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A horny thickening of the skin, usually on or near a toe, resulting from pressure or friction.
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An agricultural product that is grown throughout the Midwestern United States, as well as other areas. Futures and options on corn have been traded on the Chicago Board of Trade since 1877. Corn also is traded on other futures exchanges throughout the world. Monthly crop reports produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are closely watched by corn traders because they give information about expected supply, which directly affects prices.
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(uncountable) A cereal plant grown for its grain, specifically the main such plant grown in a given region, such as oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, wheat or barley in England and Wales, and maize or sweetcorn in the Americas.
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(US, Canada, Australia, uncountable) A type of grain of the species Zea mays, maize.
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(UK, uncountable) A grain or seed, especially of cereal crops.
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A small, hard particle.
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(US, Canada) To granulate; to form a substance into grains.

To corn gunpowder.

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(US, Canada) To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. corned beef.
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(US, Canada) To provide with corn (typically maize; or, in Scotland, oats) for feed.

Corn the horses.

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To render intoxicated.

Ale strong enough to corn one.

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A type of callus, usually on the feet or hands.
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(US, Canada) Something (e.g. acting, humour, music, or writing) which is deemed old-fashioned or intended to induce emotion.
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(uncountable) Short for corn snow. A type of granular snow formed by repeated melting and re-freezing, often in mountain spring conditions.
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Having (such) horns; one having (such) horns.
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The definition of corn is a hard, seed like kernel of an American cereal plant, or a painful, hard and thick growth on the skin.

An example of corn is something people eat on Thanksgiving.

An example of a corn is a painful bump on the toe.

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Corn snow.
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Any of numerous cultivated forms of a widely grown, usually tall annual cereal grass (Zea mays) bearing grains or kernels on large ears.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
corn
Plural:
corns

Origin of corn

  • Middle English corne from Old French horn from Latin cornū ker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English grain from Old English gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English corn, from Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (“grain; worn-down”), neuter participle of Proto-Indo-European *ǵer- (“to wear down”), or a substantivized form of *ǵr̥h₂-nós (“matured, grown old”), from *ǵerh₂- (“grow old, mature”). Cognate with Dutch koren, Low German Koorn, German Korn, Danish/Norwegian/Swedish korn; see also Russian зерно (zerno), Czech zrno, Latin grānum, Lithuanian žirnis, Persian خرمن (xarman), and English grain.

    From Wiktionary

  • This use was first used in 1932, as corny, something appealing to country folk.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French corn (modern French cor).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin cornu (“horn")

    From Wiktionary