ber·​ga·​mot ˈbər-gə-ˌmät How to pronounce bergamot (audio)
plural bergamots
: a round to pear-shaped citrus fruit of a Mediterranean tree (Citrus bergamia synonym C. aurantium bergamia) that has a yellow to green rind which yields a bitter, fragrant essential oil and that is typically considered to be a hybrid of a sour orange and a lemon
: a tree that bears bergamots
: the essential oil derived from a bergamot
: any of several mints (genus Monarda) see also wild bergamot

Examples of bergamot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand calls this fragrance a bottle of happiness, with its citrus-floral medley of bergamot, mandarin, rose, orange blossom, cedarwood, and musk. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 As the fragrance unfolds, hints of juicy bergamot and zesty grapefruit add a citrusy twist, infusing the composition with a burst of energy and vitality. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 10 May 2024 Salted Muse is in the woody marine family with notes of sea salt, pink pepper, cedarwood, sandalwood and amber; and Blooming Fire is a warm floral with patchouli, Tahitian monoi flower and bergamot. Erin Lassner, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 The combination of grapefruit, bergamot, and mandarin will amplify the uplifting and energizing facets of the fragrance. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 10 May 2024 The now-TikTok viral brand just added seven eaux des parfums to its collection, including this warm bergamot, black pepper and Hinoki wood blend. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 According to the description, the perfume weaves notes of bergamot, red apple, cotton candy, iris and freesia, buttery popcorn, warm sandalwood, vanilla bean and caramelized amber. Anna Tingley, Variety, 8 May 2024 This velvety-rich rose fragrance has hints of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 6 May 2024 Also worthy of noting is the fragrance, which has a woody yet refreshing feel thanks to notes of lavender, bergamot, and vetiver. Deanna Pai, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2024

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Word History


French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, modification of Turkish bey armudu, literally, the bey's pear

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bergamot was in 1600

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“Bergamot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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