I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German & Old Norse korn grain, Latin granum Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly dialect a small hard particle ; grain 2. a small hard seed 3. a. the seeds of a cereal grass and especially of the important cereal crop of a particular region (as wheat in Britain, oats in Scotland and Ireland, and Indian corn in the New World and Australia) b. the kernels of sweet corn served as a vegetable while still soft and milky 4. a plant that produces corn; especially Indian corn 1 5. corn whiskey 6. a. something (as writing, music, or acting) that is corny b. the quality or state of being corny ; corniness 7. corn snow II. transitive verb Date: 1560 1. to form into grains ; granulate 2. a. to preserve or season with salt in grains b. to cure or preserve in brine containing preservatives and often seasonings <
corned beef
3. to feed with corn <
corn the horses
III. noun Etymology: Middle English corne, from Anglo-French, horn, from Latin cornu horn, point — more at horn Date: 15th century a local hardening and thickening of epidermis (as on a toe)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Corn — is an English word dating back to Anglo Saxon times or earlier meaning cereal or grain. It commonly refers, in modern American usage, to Indian corn, that is, maize, but can also refer to wheat, barley, rye and so on.Early Modern English… …   Wikipedia

  • Corn — Corn, n. [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan., Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. ka[ u]rn, L. granum, Russ. zerno. Cf. {Grain}, {Kernel}.] 1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Corn — Corn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Corned} (k?rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Corning}.] 1. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corn — S3 [ko:n US ko:rn] n [Sense: 1 2; Origin: Old English] [Sense: 3; Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: corne horn, corner ; CORNER1] 1.) [U] BrE plants such as wheat, ↑barley …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Corn — (k[^o]rn), n. [L. cornu horn: cf. F. corne horn, hornlike excrescence. See {Horn}.] A thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome. [1913 Webster] Welcome, gentlemen!… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corn — Ⅰ. corn [1] ► NOUN 1) chiefly Brit. the chief cereal crop of a district, especially (in England) wheat or (in Scotland) oats. 2) N. Amer. & Austral./NZ maize. 3) informal something banal or sentimental. ► VERB (corned) ▪ preser …   English terms dictionary

  • corn — [ kɔrn ] noun *** 1. ) uncount a tall plant with large yellow seeds on a COB (=thick piece of stem). British usually maize a ) the seeds of a corn plant that are cooked as food or fed to animals 2. ) count a small piece of hard skin on your foot… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Corn — Corn, OK U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 591 Housing Units (2000): 226 Land area (2000): 0.362534 sq. miles (0.938958 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.362534 sq. miles (0.938958 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • corn — corn1 [kôrn] n. [ME & OE < IE base * ger , to ripen, mature, grow old > GRAIN, CHURN, Gr gerōn, old man] 1. Now Dial. a tiny, hard particle, as of salt or sand; granule; grain 2. a small, hard seed or seedlike fruit, esp. a seed or grain of …   English World dictionary

  • Corn — Corn, in Amerika soviel wie Mais …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Corn. — Corn., engl. Abkürzung für Cornwall …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”