clem·​en·​tine | \ ˈkle-mən-ˌtēn How to pronounce clementine (audio) , -ˌtīn \

Definition of clementine

: a small nearly seedless citrus fruit that is probably a hybrid between a tangerine and an orange

Examples of clementine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zest four clementines and reserve the zest (about 1 teaspoon)., "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 Carve turkey and garnish with rosemary and clementines. Nancy Fuller, Country Living, "Seasoned Roasted Turkey," 19 Sep. 2019 Juice the clementines to yield 10 tablespoons of juice., "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 One actor wanders around the aisles giving out clementines, another tosses bags of cookies at patrons. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Joyous Christmas Carol on Broadway," 14 Dec. 2019 Any fruit will do, but Pinon chose varieties that pulled in the colors of her flowers — clementines, pears and apples. NBC News, "How to DIY your own holiday tablescape in under 30 minutes," 23 Nov. 2019 Reserve the juice and the whole peels of 3 clementines., "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in clementine zest and juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Olive Oil-Clementine Cake," 14 Nov. 2019 Add 3 small clementines (thinly sliced) and cook for 1 hour. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Olive Oil-Clementine Cake," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of clementine

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clementine

French clémentine probably from Clément Rodier, French priest who discovered the hybrid circa 1902

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The first known use of clementine was in 1943

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18 Jan 2020

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“Clementine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clementine

: a kind of orange that is small and sweet

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