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cit·​rine ˈsi-ˌtrīn How to pronounce citrine (audio)
: resembling a citron or lemon especially in color


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

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Paella with yellow saffron, red peppers and clams could become citrine with ruby and black diamonds. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2018 Inexpensive gemstones with a tint include morganites, aquamarines, amethysts, tourmaline, and citrine stones. Southern Living, 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,, 22 Mar. 2018
The standout pieces include a jaw-dropping 18k gold medallion distinguished by the intricate pattern work — in this case, beads of turquoise, citrine, pink sapphire and diamonds — that has become a brand signature, as well as a matching 18k gold cuff. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2021 The Starry Night art ring, by Malaika Carr The perfectly balanced geometry of this ring belies Malaika’s background in architecture and interior design, as gentle ovals and stripes radiate from a central citrine in a pattern reminiscent of an Art Deco sunburst. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The settings are incredibly intricate, highlighting his sculptural engineering, often in rounded lattice designs topped off with hefty gems like Madeira citrine or 14.55 mm faceted freshwater pink pearl to a 169.35-carat morganite. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2023 The top layer is lined with gold flakes and various crystals—including black obsidian, pyrite, citrine, and tiger’s eye—that are all associated with good fortune and protection. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 In another short, Lyonne sports a long overcoat, a crewneck sweater and skinny jeans while giving a chef’s kiss of approval to her multiverse twin wearing a mock neck Fair Isle-print sweater with a citrine puffer vest and army green cargo pants. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 This set includes three stones: green aventurine for opportunity, luck, and motivation; sodalite for confidence, communication, and self-acceptance; and citrine for success, abundance, and good fortune. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2023 Thanks to Bulgari creative director Lucia Silvestri, our horn of plenty can also be an eternal banquet—of coral, amethyst, pink and green tourmaline, rubellite, citrine, and diamonds. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 10 June 2023 This rust-orange couch (reminiscent of topaz or citrine) pairs perfectly with its color complement, sage green. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of citrine was in the 14th century

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“Citrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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