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, 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yes, the 62-carat citrine at its center is outside the diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire Big Four, but focus on the way this stone tells the tale of how travel expanded the jeweler’s eye about what was precious to begin with. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 Stick to neutral layers with a single pop of color—such as Bottega Veneta’s citrine-green sneakers or Louis Vuitton’s ombré pink and purple version—or swap out that white button-down for a lemon-yellow tee from Loro Piana. Jason Rider, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 Chowdhary’s mother, Shelley, got in on the action as well, designing both Chowdhary’s deep-orange chiffon dress and her citrine, diamond and pearl earrings. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Standout stones include citrine, blue topaz and an enticing aquamarine, all raw materials that can only be sourced in her home turf of Brazil. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Those vibrant colors are created out of ground recycled wood and botanical dyes made out of things like citrine and watermelon. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Feb. 2022 The citrine bracelet radiates sunny and rich gemstone colors that illuminate the wearer day and night. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 For their wedding reception, which was held at the San Francisco mansion Ann shared with her husband, Ivy wore another one of her grandmother's necklaces: a pearl, citrine, and aquamarine choker. Maria Pasquini,, 10 Nov. 2021 If gems were precious, they were artfully mixed with less precious stones at the time—coral and sapphire, rubies and turquoise as well as amethyst, citrine and aquamarine, all mixed together or with accents of diamonds. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 13 June 2021 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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