ca·​la·​man·​si | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈmän-sē How to pronounce calamansi (audio) \
variants: or kalamansi
plural calamansi or kalamansi

Definition of calamansi

Examples of calamansi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under Blamey, Gotham’s menu is peppered with exciting and eclectic ingredients that convey an of-the-moment worldliness, including obscure and highly specific strains of fruits and vegetables—Castelfranco, ceci neri, celtuce, curry leaf, calamansi. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Gotham’s Ladies Who Lunch, Three Decades In," 27 Dec. 2019 With only two chef’s-counter seats offered twice each weekday for lunch, Sinsay prepares a no-menu meal of his own Filipino favorites, like lumpia and calamansi juice, and, of course, that day’s noodles. Fortune, "Seattle’s Coolest New Restaurants Break the Mold," 8 Sep. 2019 Twelve terrific courses in all, including a modernized pancit with squid-ink bihon noodles, ham and calamansi aioli that made me wish the Flores and Kwon’s upcoming restaurant happens sooner than later. Wine dinner at City Winery. Phil Vettel,, "Food Bowl diary: Great events from the first two weeks, plus final week breakdown," 23 Aug. 2019 From the archives: toyomansi, evoking a dipping sauce of soy sauce and calamansi, as sharp as lime; and kare kare, a Filipino oxtail stew reimagined as peanut butter with a briny caramel of patis (fish sauce). Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop," 2 July 2019 Sprinkle the fish inside and out with salt, then stuff its cavity with the calamansi rinds and remaining habanero and Fresno chiles. Los Angeles Times, "Banana Leaf Grilled Fish With Habanero Beurre Blanc," 24 July 2019 Along with beer and wine, the Magna team is playing around with some house pandan and calamansi lime sodas. Michael Russell,, "Modern Filipino restaurant Magna opens next week in Southeast Portland," 9 Aug. 2019 Stir in the calamansi juice, then reduce the heat to low. Los Angeles Times, "Banana Leaf Grilled Fish With Habanero Beurre Blanc," 24 July 2019 There’s a trickle of vinegar and lemon in lieu of calamansi, but salt is in ascendance. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'calamansi.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of calamansi

1954, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about calamansi

Time Traveler for calamansi

Time Traveler

The first known use of calamansi was in 1954

See more words from the same year

Statistics for calamansi

Last Updated

1 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calamansi.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

Comments on calamansi

What made you want to look up calamansi? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express in a more acceptable way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!