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

Example Sentences

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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 Jan. 2023.

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