Meaning of “carnation” in the English Dictionary

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"carnation" in British English

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carnationnoun [ C ]

uk /kɑːˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /kɑːrˈneɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • A curious kind of wild flower, a pink and fragrant carnation, blooms there profusely all summer long. 
  • A lady laid a letter and two white carnations on your writing-table. 
  • How fair carnation and wallflower the borders of the garden line! 
  • She brought a pot of red carnations. 
  • The carnations were quite fresh, and had evidently not been plucked more than an hour. 

(Definition of “carnation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carnation" in American English

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carnationnoun [ C ]

us /kɑrˈneɪ·ʃən/

a small flower that has a sweet smell and is usually white, pink, or red

(Definition of “carnation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)