cit·​ron | \ ˈsi-trən How to pronounce citron (audio) \

Definition of citron

1a : a citrus fruit resembling a lemon but larger with little pulp and a very thick rind
b : a small shrubby tree (Citrus medica) that produces citrons and is cultivated in tropical regions
c : the preserved rind of the citron used especially in cakes and puddings
2 : a small hard-fleshed watermelon used especially in pickles and preserves

Examples of citron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yoda, a white Goffin's cockatoo, and Cleo, a citron cockatoo, were taken by two thieves who broke into High Country Feed & Pets in Palmdale on January 25 after the store closed. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Two cockatoos worth $2,000 each were stolen from a California pet shop," 8 Feb. 2020 The moist holiday cakes are made with raisins, cherries, pineapple, pecans, walnuts, citron and orange peel, and after they're cooked, they're infused with 4-year-old, 100-proof Jim Beam bourbon. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "The best fruitcake in the world might be this boozy one made by these Kentucky monks," 19 Dec. 2019 Known as Buddha's hands, or fingered citron, these wild looking fruits are often eaten in China and India and are known for their strong, sweet smell. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 things we learned at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience," 4 Nov. 2019 Frost tolerance varies, from kumquat (hardy to 18 degrees F) to citron (damaged at 32 degrees F). Pam Peirce,, "Planning to grow fruit trees? Start here," 11 Oct. 2019 Regardless, my riff started with cedrata, an Italian soda made from citron, a citrus fruit that gets made into things over in Europe, but not over here. Joe Gray,, "How the Bicicletta, a classic Italian drink, got a little dirty," 24 Sep. 2019 Centered between the virginal chalice on the one hand and the voluptuous citrons on the other, the dark, bottomless, pucker invites what is sometimes known as the male gaze. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 The lemons are actually citrons, whose rind is fragrant but whose flesh is all but inedible; the oranges, like most in Seville at the time, are almost certainly bitter. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 There are some really spirited examples like the Brasserie adorned in a peacock blue, citron yellow, and subdued chartreuse. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Former Party Island for British Royals is Now a Chic New Hotel," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of citron

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for citron

Middle French, modification of Latin citrus

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The first known use of citron was in 1530

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21 Feb 2020

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“Citron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of citron

: a fruit that is like a large lemon


cit·​ron | \ ˈsi-trən How to pronounce citron (audio) \

Kids Definition of citron

1 : a citrus fruit like the smaller lemon and having a thick rind that is preserved for use in cakes and puddings
2 : a small hard watermelon used especially in pickles and preserves

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