cit·​rine | \ ˈsi-ˌtrīn How to pronounce citrine (audio) \

Definition of citrine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling a citron or lemon especially in color


ci·​trine | \ si-ˈtrēn How to pronounce citrine (audio) \

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

Examples of citrine in a Sentence

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 Among them is something that appears to be a cheap knockoff trinket made of citrine quartz, that turns out to be something much more powerful—and dangerous. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wonder Woman 1984 is fun, but doesn’t quite capture magic of its predecessor," 25 Dec. 2020 The Abundance candle centers on the citrine crystal, which is known as the wealth stone. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "These Crystal Energy Candles Are the Perfect Addition to Any Self-Care Routine," 13 July 2020 Stardust recommends charging crystals like citrine and quartz under the sun on this day for vitality — then, use them in crystal water and baths to harness that energetic power. Elizabeth Gulino,, "How To Harness The Power Of This Year’s Summer Solstice," 20 June 2020 There was the usual bouclé, mostly in knee-length skirt suits and coats in citrine and watermelon. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "From Plagues to Floods to Black Tuesday, Fashion Goes On," 4 Mar. 2020 Dynasty Electrik’s tranquil crystal sound bath on Friday evenings is a sonic, restorative journey past amethyst, citrine geodes and crystal quartz clusters led by gem gallery owners Seth Misterka and Jenny Deveau. oregonlive, "Mother’s Day gift ideas for a calm mom: Yoga, CBD oils, soothing sounds," 26 Apr. 2020 There’s no proof that rose quartz really brings love, or that citrine generates energy, or that tourmaline can banish negativity. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019 We have been asked for mostly over the-top jewels with happy colors—citrine, kunzite, big cab emeralds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is "Camp" Jewelry and How Will People Wear It to the Met Gala?," 6 May 2019 And though the aquamarine and ruby belt necklace is now spoken for, Lee Siegelson does have a similar Flato belt style necklace in citrine. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "T&C Exclusive: The New Owner of an Iconic American Jewel is Revealed," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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“Citrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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