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[kawrnd] /kɔrnd/
marinated in brine, often containing garlic, peppercorns, cloves, etc.; preserved or cured with salt:
corned beef.
Origin of corned
1570-80; corn1 + -ed2
Related forms
uncorned, adjective


[kawrn] /kɔrn/
Also called Indian corn; especially technical and British, maize. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears.
the grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
the ears of this plant.
the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, especially wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
the plants themselves.
Skiing. corn snow.
Informal. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
verb (used with object)
to preserve and season with salt in grains.
to preserve and season with brine.
to granulate, as gunpowder.
to plant (land) with corn.
to feed with corn.
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch koren, Old Norse korn, German Korn, Gothic kaúrn; akin to Latin grānum grain, Russian zernó Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corned
  • Cut cold boiled corned tongue in slices one-third inch thick.
  • The doctor diagnoses it as an occupational ailment and calls corned-beef knee.
  • She seasons the greens with mustard seeds and pepper and cuts slits deep in a corned ham so she can pack it all inside.
  • It was fabled for its sturgeon, corned beef and blintzes.
  • Of course, it's not all corned beef and cabbage for the president today.
  • Typical sandwiches such as corned beef on rye, chicken salad and custom made sandwiches are offered on the daily menu.
  • Today is considered the day above all days for corned beef slowly and carefully cooked for hours to feed the whole family.
  • The slightly warm corned beef is piled high on the bagel.
  • His order: three corned-beef sandwiches and two orders of cherry pie.
  • corned cannot be compelled to modify sources it no longer owns and has no right to access.
British Dictionary definitions for corned


(esp of beef) cooked and then preserved or pickled in salt or brine, now often canned


  1. any of various cereal plants, esp the predominant crop of a region, such as wheat in England and oats in Scotland and Ireland
  2. the seeds of such plants, esp after harvesting
  3. a single seed of such plants; a grain
Also called Indian corn, British equivalent maize
  1. a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
  2. the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oil See also sweet corn (sense 1), popcorn (sense 1)
  1. the plants producing these kinds of grain considered as a growing crop: spring corn
  2. (in combination): a cornfield
short for corn whisky
(slang) an idea, song, etc, regarded as banal or sentimental
(archaic or dialect) any hard particle or grain
verb (transitive)
to feed (animals) with corn, esp oats
  1. to preserve in brine
  2. to salt
to plant corn on
Word Origin
Old English corn; related to Old Norse, Old High German corn, Gothic kaúrn, Latin grānum, Sanskrit jīrná fragile


a hardening or thickening of the skin around a central point in the foot, caused by pressure or friction
(Brit, informal) tread on someone's corns, to offend or hurt someone by touching on a sensitive subject or encroaching on his privileges
Word Origin
C15: from Old French corne horn, from Latin cornū
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Word Origin and History for corned



"grain," Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurnam "small seed" (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon korn "grain," Middle Dutch coren, German Korn, Old Norse korn, Gothic kaurn), from PIE root *gre-no- "grain" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zruno "grain," Latin granum "seed," Lithuanian žirnis "pea"). The sense of the Old English word was "grain with the seed still in" (e.g. barleycorn) rather than a particular plant.

Locally understood to denote the leading crop of a district. Restricted to the indigenous "maize" in America (c.1600, originally Indian corn, but the adjective was dropped), usually wheat in England, oats in Scotland and Ireland, while Korn means "rye" in parts of Germany. Maize was introduced to China by 1550, it thrived where rice did not grow well and was a significant factor in the 18th century population boom there. Cornflakes first recorded 1907. Corned beef so called for the "corns" or grains of salt with which it is preserved; from verb corn "to salt" (1560s).

"hardening of skin," early 15c., from Old French corne (13c.) "horn (of an animal)," later, "corn on the foot," from Latin cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)).

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corned in Medicine

corn 2 (kôrn)
A small conical callosity caused by pressure over a bony prominence, usually on a toe. Also called clavus, heloma.

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Slang definitions & phrases for corned



Drunk (1785+)

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  1. Corn whiskey; moonshine (1820+)
  2. Music, poetry, sentiment, etc, that is maudlin and naively affirmative of old-fashioned values; banal and emotionally overwrought material; schmaltz (1930+ Jazz musicians)

[second sense probably from the notion of cornfed as indicating rural simplicity and naivete]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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corned in the Bible

The word so rendered (dagan) in Gen. 27:28, 37, Num. 18:27, Deut. 28:51, Lam. 2:12, is a general term representing all the commodities we usually describe by the words corn, grain, seeds, peas, beans. With this corresponds the use of the word in John 12:24. In Gen. 41:35, 49, Prov. 11:26, Joel 2:24 ("wheat"), the word thus translated (bar; i.e., "winnowed") means corn purified from chaff. With this corresponds the use of the word in the New Testament (Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17; Acts 7:12). In Ps. 65:13 it means "growing corn." In Gen. 42:1, 2, 19, Josh. 9:14, Neh. 10:31 ("victuals"), the word (sheber; i.e., "broken," i.e., grist) denotes generally victuals, provisions, and corn as a principal article of food. From the time of Solomon, corn began to be exported from Palestine (Ezek. 27:17; Amos 8:5). "Plenty of corn" was a part of Issac's blessing conferred upon Jacob (Gen. 27:28; comp. Ps. 65:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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