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noun

[mass noun]
1British The chief cereal crop of a district, especially (in England) wheat or (in Scotland) oats: fields of corn
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  • To a European, corn covers all the cereal crops - wheat, barley, oat, and so on.
  • Peas, beans or carrots also formed part of the diet, plus corn, i.e. oats or maize.
1.1The grain of a cereal crop.
Example sentences
  • Christopher says his biggest failure was cream corn.
  • His challenge was to eat creamed corn and cod liver oil.
  • I waded through enough surf-and-turfs and enough creamed corn to last a lifetime.
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1.2 North American, Australian, and New Zealand term for maize.
Example sentences
  • The major agricultural products are wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum, sugarcane, potatoes, and fruits.
  • They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.
  • They grow lettuce, corn, parsley, sugar cane, rice and radishes.
Synonyms
2 informal Something banal or sentimental: the film is pure corn
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  • The appetite audiences have for sentimental corn should never be underestimated.
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band is pure corn but rather tasty all the same.
  • God, will I forever be forced to deal with this massive amount of cheese and corn from now on…?

Phrases

corn on the cob

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Maize when cooked and eaten straight from the cob.
Example sentences
  • Around her, hundreds of people were also enjoying barbecue beef sandwiches and corn on the cob.
  • My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw that dinner for the evening was to consist of rough hewn pork, corn on the cob, a messy cabbage-type salad and what I presumed were beef cutlets.
  • Serve with steak fries, corn on the cob (you can do that on the grill, too), and the simplest salad you can think of.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koren and German Korn.

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  • Corn, meaning ‘the seed of wheat and similar plants’, is an Old English word whose root may date back as far as farming itself. The modern sense of corny is a development of an earlier sense, dating from the 1930s, that described something, especially music, of a simple and unsophisticated type that appealed to people living in the country. Kernel (Old English) is based on corn and was originally a ‘little corn or seed’. The other kind of corn (Late Middle English), the small area of thickened horn-like skin on your foot, comes from Latin cornu ‘horn’. Cornu, which could also mean ‘tip’ or ‘corner’, is the source too of corner (Middle English)—you can think of a corner as the part of something that sticks out or forms the tip.

    The trumpet-like cornet (Late Middle English) is now made from brass, but it was originally a wind instrument made out of a horn, and Latin cornu is again the source. The early 20th century ice-cream cornet gets its name because it resembles that of the instrument. One brand of ice cream is called a Cornetto (‘little horn’), and this Italian word was also the name of an old musical instrument, a straight or curved wooden wind instrument with finger holes and a cup-shaped mouthpiece. See also horn

Words that rhyme with corn

adorn, born, borne, bourn, Braun, brawn, dawn, drawn, faun, fawn, forborne, forewarn, forlorn, freeborn, lawn, lorn, morn, mourn, newborn, Norn, outworn, pawn, prawn, Quorn, sawn, scorn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, worn, yawn

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noun

A small, painful area of thickened skin on the foot, especially on the toes, caused by pressure.
Example sentences
  • A variety of products are available over-the-counter for the treatment of common foot problems, such as athlete's foot, onychomycosis, foot pain, corns, warts and bunions.
  • Deepika is my foot guru who, in half an hour, will transform my unattractive foot complete with corns, calluses and untidy-looking toes into a thing of beauty.
  • In addition, soaking your feet in warm water or with Epsom salts can alleviate painful corns and calluses.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin cornu 'horn'.

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  • Corn, meaning ‘the seed of wheat and similar plants’, is an Old English word whose root may date back as far as farming itself. The modern sense of corny is a development of an earlier sense, dating from the 1930s, that described something, especially music, of a simple and unsophisticated type that appealed to people living in the country. Kernel (Old English) is based on corn and was originally a ‘little corn or seed’. The other kind of corn (Late Middle English), the small area of thickened horn-like skin on your foot, comes from Latin cornu ‘horn’. Cornu, which could also mean ‘tip’ or ‘corner’, is the source too of corner (Middle English)—you can think of a corner as the part of something that sticks out or forms the tip.

    The trumpet-like cornet (Late Middle English) is now made from brass, but it was originally a wind instrument made out of a horn, and Latin cornu is again the source. The early 20th century ice-cream cornet gets its name because it resembles that of the instrument. One brand of ice cream is called a Cornetto (‘little horn’), and this Italian word was also the name of an old musical instrument, a straight or curved wooden wind instrument with finger holes and a cup-shaped mouthpiece. See also horn

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