Definition of carnelian in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɑːˈniːlɪən/
(also cornelian)


[mass noun]
1A semi-precious stone consisting of a dull red or reddish-white variety of chalcedony (quartz): [as modifier]: carnelian beads
More example sentences
  • Other common stones are carnelians, which are a semi-opaque reddish orange, and turquoise from Iraq, which is sky blue.
  • Another coiffure ornament from the 1904 display, now vanished but shown in the center of Plate V, consisted of silver filigree, carnelians, garnets, and enamel blackberries and leaves.
  • The berries are an unusual creation of repousse silver covered in enamel and interspersed with carved carnelians and Mexican opals.
1.1A dull red colour.
Example sentences
  • I ordered two of these blankets, one in Carnelian and the other in Brown.


Late Middle English: from Old French corneline; the prefix car- being suggested by Latin caro, carn- 'flesh'.

Words that rhyme with carnelian

anthelion, Aristotelian, Aurelian, chameleon, Karelian, Mendelian, Mephistophelian, Pelion, Sahelian

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