Simple Definition of lemon
: a yellow citrus fruit that has a sour taste
: a bright yellow color
: a product that is not made well : a product that does not work the way it should
Full Definition of lemon
1 a : an acid fruit that is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry produced by a small thorny citrus tree (Citrus limon) and that has a rind from which an aromatic oil is extracted b : a tree that bears lemons
2 : one (as an automobile) that is unsatisfactory or defective
Examples of lemon
The recipe calls for the juice of two lemons.
Garnish it with a slice of lemon.
Our new car is a lemon.
Origin of lemon
Middle English lymon, from Middle French limon, from Medieval Latin limon-, limo, from Arabic laymūn, līmūn, from Persian līmū, līmun
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of lemon
1 : of the color lemon yellow
2 a : containing lemon b : having the flavor or scent of lemon
First Known Use of lemon
LEMON Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of lemon
: an acid fruit that contains citric acid and vitamin C, is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry, and is produced by a small thorny tree of the genus Citrus (C. limon); also : this tree
Learn More about lemon
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up lemon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).