Definition of cornucopia in English:

cornucopia

noun

  • 1A symbol of plenty consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.

    • ‘These were decorated using stencils and bronze powders (which were less expensive than paints) with motifs such as cornucopias, baskets of flowers, trailing vines, and a wide variety of decorative patterns.’
    • ‘Bring a cornucopia or other symbol of thanksgiving and photos of some of your friends, the children you meet, and members of the church family.’
    • ‘Bring the cornucopia or other symbol of thanksgiving that you used last week.’
    • ‘This subtle critique is best expressed by Horn of Plenty, an internally illuminated cornucopia that virtually drips with paper chains, charms, crystals and a strand of graduated pearls.’
    • ‘However, the cornucopia finial of the original has been replaced by a pink-tongued dragon.’
    1. 1.1An ornamental container shaped like a goat's horn.
      • ‘The rare cornucopia shown in Plate XVI is embellished with free-floating murrhine and entwined with a seventeenth-century-style crested serpent.’
      • ‘The figure of Ceres on the stem of the cup holds a cornucopia.’
      • ‘Although the author does not mention it, you can see, from the useful illustrations contained here, that the cornucopia in Britannia's hand has been transformed into a sword in the hand of Leviathan.’
      • ‘We found old baskets, a hand-painted antique serving tray, a child's chicken pull toy, a cornucopia, weathered vases and awesome iron candlesticks.’
      • ‘The pervasiveness of this illustration confirms the significant role of the Christmas tree, decorated with tiny toys, edibles, candies, or handmade ornaments - the favorite one being paper cornucopias.’
    2. 1.2An abundant supply of good things of a specified kind.
      ‘the festival offers a cornucopia of pleasures’
      • ‘Asian powers such as China and Japan have economies dependent on exports and are eager to supply us with a cornucopia of goods.’
      • ‘With Edinburgh playing host to a cornucopia of festivals over the coming month, it can be difficult to step back and take each individual programme on its own merit.’
      • ‘The Visual Arts Gallery is hosting the exhibition titled ‘Dreams’ a cornucopia of digital media printed on canvas.’
      • ‘It has created millions of jobs from Malaysia to Mexico and a cornucopia of affordable goods for Western consumers.’
      • ‘Still, for those of us lucky enough to be invited, the Forum will, as usual, provide a cornucopia of intellectual stimulation, even if those of us who pack our skis for the annual trip are feeling somewhat cheated.’
      • ‘If celebrities were food, most would have been a five-course gourmet dinner, slaved over lovingly to the point of succulence, a cornucopia of flavours, some rich, some exotic, some spiced, some delicately subtle.’
      • ‘Neither ‘new’ nor entirely ‘forest’, the New Forest is a cornucopia of habitats, a haven of beauty surrounded by intensively managed farmland and conurbations.’
      • ‘A quick flick through Time Out will show you a cornucopia of options.’
      • ‘Situated on the ground floor of the Natural History complex inside the Museum premises, the Museum Library is a cornucopia of books on subjects ranging from Taxidermy to maintenance of gardens.’
      • ‘The cars that hurriedly zipped on by whilst I sat in behind the taxi driver who was encased in bullet proof plastic were a cornucopia of BMWs, Mercedes, Range Rovers and the odd Holden to boot.’
      • ‘Far from being pretty and otherwise pointless, our leafy friends provide a cornucopia of benefits; and these benefits provide an ironclad logic for protecting them.’
      • ‘I cannot accept that trained professionals with a cornucopia of offensive weapons at their disposal can't remain calm and professional in crowd control situations.’
      • ‘Frosted store windows groaned with a cornucopia of Irish linens, Madras shawls, China tea, Moroccan slippers, Scottish whisky and Madeira wine.’
      • ‘But if, like me, you're too busy to buy raw ingredients, you might want to instead head to a shop where a cornucopia of ready-made Italian meals awaits.’
      • ‘One by one they argue the reasons they're not guilty of a cornucopia of offences ranging from illegal parking and moving violations, to tossing their garbage on the wrong day.’
      • ‘The fifth annual five-day event boasts art, food and shelter for the homeless, a cornucopia of artsy performances and a chance to mingle with artists.’
      • ‘We are being promised a cornucopia of programming.’
      • ‘The markets are a cornucopia of tribal handicrafts.’
      • ‘The result is a cornucopia of detailed information.’
      • ‘But the food giant certainly seems friendly, offering consumers a cornucopia of food choices at low prices.’
      abundance, lot, mass, host, plenitude, cornucopia, riot

Origin

Early 16th century from late Latin, from Latin cornu copiae ‘horn of plenty’ (a mythical horn able to provide whatever is desired).

Pronunciation

cornucopia

/ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə/