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

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

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 And cobalt and copper mines in the country’s Katanga region are rich in minerals like tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, blue and smoky quartz—all coveted by healing crystal sellers. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?," 11 May 2018 Among the offerings are pieces made from vintage Persian turquoise from the 1950s and sparkling citrine and crystal set in rhodium. Kavita Daswani,, "Sézane brings its French style to a monthlong pop-up shop at the Grove," 7 Mar. 2018 See what an antique citrine rivière can do for that. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Jewel of the Day," 3 Sep. 2013 There’s also a destination spa with eco-holistic therapies like the Desert Gemstone Ritual (amethyst and citrine stones to help heal sore muscles and increase energy flow) and five—yes, five—excellent restaurants. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain," 27 Oct. 2017

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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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