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 The new bar’s take on an old-fashioned channels Boracay, an island in the Philippines, with gin in place of bourbon, plus grassy pandan, coconut water and citrusy calamansi. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pacific Cocktail Haven's all-star team opens new S.F. bar today, inspired by global street markets," 25 Feb. 2021 The difference between Makan’s shredded green mango salad and the fiery competition is the use of calamansi, the Asian citrus with the sweet skin and sour center. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 23 Feb. 2021 Turkey legs will be marinated with lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce and calamansi. Janelle Bitker,, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals prime for smaller gatherings," 9 Nov. 2020 Sour, tangy notes are a result of vinegars like palm and coconut, as well as calamansi, the country’s hybrid of sour orange and lime. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Young entrepreneurs are fueling a boom of chef-driven Filipino cuisine in North Texas," 6 Mar. 2020 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

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 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Calamansi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

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).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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