clem·​en·​tine | \ˈkle-mən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Definition of clementine 

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

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This bright and sparkling blend is reminiscent of a sunny drive down the California coast with notes of clementine, mandarin, juniper berries and star anise. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "8 Beauty Bloggers Reveal Their Luxe Sephora Hauls," 10 Sep. 2018 Two clementine trees frame the entrance, and a fig tree just waking up from winter marks the entrance to the backyard. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Hesperios Founder Autumn Hruby Just Opened a Cafe in Her Dreamy Manhattan Shop," 21 May 2018 Their torsos look like Christmas stockings overstuffed with clementines. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018 Pair with two clementines and a handful of whole grain crackers., "Ideas to get out of the midyear lunchbox slump," 2 Feb. 2018 Spicy tuna tartare bruschetta ($13) combines the fish with avocado, pistachios and clementine for a bright accent. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stella Van Buren’s looks outdazzle the food," 30 Jan. 2018 But the size of this bag is what makes it pretty, like a seashell or a clementine in the palm of your hand. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "The Tinier the Bag, the Prettier I Feel," 24 May 2018 But with the exception of a few products, such as Bolthouse Farms carrots or Cuties clementines, fresh goods don’t have brands, or at least not ones that the consumer knows. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "How Amazon Is Using Whole Foods in a Bid for Total Retail Domination," 21 May 2018 Strawberries, blueberries, clementines, and a honey-Dijon mustard dressing will satisfy a sweet craving, while chicken, spinach, and almonds keep you satisified. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 10 Most-Pinned Healthy Salads on Pinterest," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of clementine

: a kind of orange that is small and sweet

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