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 Mouth-filling textures amplify a gamut of spicy citrus on a broad but vibrant palate—from lemongrass to Meyer lemon and clementine—joining forces with ripe stone fruit and tropicals. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Scents of clementine, thyme, orange blossom, lavender, and musk interweave to create a fragrance that is sure to captivate and enchant. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 With notes of pomegranate, pomelo, eucalyptus, clementine blossoms, musk, and white vetiver, the Pomelo Pomegranate candle smells rich and sophisticated. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Finally, there's Amethyst, a joyful union of pink orchid accord, tangerine, and clementine. Lucas Villa, Allure, 3 Mar. 2022 Honey and a pureed clementine lend tenderness and gentle sweetness to this recipe, which also uses no refined sugar. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 The Sorbet Palette: Grace-Kelly pink, coral, and clementine; and the Garden Palette: matcha green, periwinkle, and Matisse blue. Megan Decker,, 14 Dec. 2021 Orangey citrus—call it clementine—is layered with more apple, with pastry notes fading beautifully into minerality wrapped in a creamy mousse. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 My skull was fractured and the top of my foot ripped off like the skin of a clementine. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Clementine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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