Definitions for cornkɔrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the kernels on large ears. the kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder. the ears of this plant.

    Category: Plants

    Ref: Also called Indian corn 1 ;esp. technical and Brit., maize.

  2. the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, esp. wheat in England and oats in Scotland. the plants themselves.

    Category: Plants

  3. Category: Plants

    Ref: sweet corn.

  4. Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

    Ref: corn whiskey.

  5. Informal. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a story or music.

    Category: Informal

  6. (v.t.)to preserve and season with brine or with salt in grains.

    Category: Cooking

  7. to granulate, as gunpowder.

  8. to feed with corn.

Origin of corn:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OFris, OS, OHG, ON korn, Go kaurn; akin to L grānumgrain , Russ zernó


  1. a horny growth of tissue with a tender core, formed over a bone, esp. on the toes, as a result of pressure or friction.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of corn:

1375–1425; late ME corne < AF, MF < L cornūhorn , hence a horny hardening of the cuticle


  1. a combining form meaning “having a horn,” of the kind or number specified by the initial element:


    Category: Affix

Origin of -corn:

< L -cornis, adj. der. of cornū horn


  1. Cornwall.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corn, maize, Indian corn, Zea mays(noun)

    tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

  2. corn(noun)

    the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

  3. corn, edible corn(noun)

    ears of corn that can be prepared and served for human food

  4. corn, clavus(noun)

    a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

  5. corn(noun)

    (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland)

  6. corn whiskey, corn whisky, corn(noun)

    whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

  7. corn(verb)

    something sentimental or trite

    "that movie was pure corn"

  8. corn(verb)

    feed (cattle) with corn

  9. corn(verb)

    preserve with salt

    "corned beef"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. corn(noun)ɔrn

    a plant with large yellow seeds, or these seeds used as food

    He was eating an ear of corn.

  2. cornɔrn

    a painful area of hard skin on your foot

    a painful corn

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corn(noun)

    a thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome

  2. Corn(noun)

    a single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain

  3. Corn(noun)

    the various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats

  4. Corn(noun)

    the plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing

  5. Corn(noun)

    a small, hard particle; a grain

  6. Corn(verb)

    to preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle with salt; to cure by salting; now, specifically, to salt slightly in brine or otherwise; as, to corn beef; to corn a tongue

  7. Corn(verb)

    to form into small grains; to granulate; as, to corn gunpowder

  8. Corn(verb)

    to feed with corn or (in Sctland) oats; as, to corn horses

  9. Corn(verb)

    to render intoxicated; as, ale strong enough to corn one


  1. Corn

    Corn is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 503 at the 2010 census.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corn' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3982

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corn' in Nouns Frequency: #2677

Translations for corn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the seeds of cereal plants, especially (in Britain) wheat, or (in North America) maize.

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