cit·​rine | \ˈsi-ˌtrīn \

Definition of citrine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling a citron or lemon especially in color


ci·​trine | \si-ˈtrēn \

Definition of citrine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a semiprecious yellow stone resembling topaz and formed by heating a black quartz in order to change its color

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Paella with yellow saffron, red peppers and clams could become citrine with ruby and black diamonds. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Jurassic Park' Inspired Hollywood Jewelry Designer Daniela Villegas," 23 May 2018 Inexpensive gemstones with a tint include morganites, aquamarines, amethysts, tourmaline, and citrine stones. Southern Living, "Diamond (Alternatives) Are A Girl's Best Friend," 19 Apr. 2018 The Maza earrings from Los Angeles brand Haati Chai are fashioned from conflict-free citrine stones set in 14-karat gold. Kavita Daswani,, "Spruce up your spring wardrobe with these standout fashion and beauty items," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to those calming effects that Kardashian West described, citrine is also said to possess the energy of the sun, imbuing a space with light, warmth, and hope., "Yes, There's A Perfect Crystal For The Summertime," 19 June 2018 Delevingne also sported $200,000 worth of Amwaj citrine and diamond earrings, plus ring. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Tracee Ellis Ross leads parade of pink on Emmys carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 When Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a large citrine ring at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and to Wimbledon, it was assumed that the ring was a new gift from Prince William. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Citrine Ring Might Not Be a Push Present from Prince William After All," 1 Aug. 2018 Likewise, citrine's energy is optimistic, creative, and prosperous. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Magickal Healing Crystals and What They Do," 9 Apr. 2018 Without hesitation, Hanekamp recommends citrine as her number-one solstice stone., "Yes, There's A Perfect Crystal For The Summertime," 19 June 2018 To match her stunning Alexander McQueen primrose yellow dress, Kate wore a magnificent new citrine ring on her right hand. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton Showed Off a Giant New Ring During the Royal Wedding," 21 May 2018 The large citrine rock appears to be new to the Duchess' collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore a New Ring at the Royal Wedding—Was It a Push Present from Prince William?," 21 May 2018 These colorful stone mugs from Uncommon Goods use clear quartz, rose quartz, citrine, and other crystals to usher in positive energy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Housewarming Gifts That Have a History of Bringing Good Luck," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of citrine


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citrine


Middle English, from Anglo-French citrin, from Medieval Latin citrinus, from Latin citrus citron tree

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