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 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 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

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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