clem·​en·​tine ˈkle-mən-ˌtēn How to pronounce clementine (audio)
: 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 Our nights were full of instant ramen and clementines. Leslie Jamison, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 In a Paris market this week, Moroccan clementines and Polish mushrooms cost about half the price of their French counterparts. Jade Le Deley, Fortune Europe, 3 Feb. 2024 Perfect for dressing up or down this winter, this Charter Club sweater comes in 18 colors, including fuchsia, clementine, and classic black for all the minimalists. Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 As the clementine mellowed, the honey note is what stood out to my nose. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 21 Dec. 2023 Cook time: 45 minutes Almond and Orange Shortbread Bars With Poppy Seed Jam These gluten-free shortbread bars, made with almond flour and flavored with clementine zest, sandwich a sweet-bitter poppy seed jam. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2023 Pull out the whole cloves and clementines to fashion some pomanders. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 8 Nov. 2023 Pedro peels a clementine, passing pieces to me and his mom. Hilary Beaumont, Rolling Stone, 16 Oct. 2023 My absolute favorite thing to grab from a kind soul are cold clementines. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clementine was in 1943

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“Clementine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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