lem·​on | \ ˈle-mən How to pronounce lemon (audio) \

Definition of lemon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an acid fruit that is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry produced by a small thorny citrus tree (Citrus limon) and that has a rind from which an aromatic oil is extracted
b : a tree that bears lemons
2 : something (such as an automobile) that is unsatisfactory or defective



Definition of lemon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color lemon yellow
2a : containing lemon
b : having the flavor or scent of lemon

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lemon 1: branch with fruit and flowers

In the meaning defined above

Examples of lemon in a Sentence

Noun The recipe calls for the juice of two lemons. Garnish it with a slice of lemon. Our new car is a lemon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mix lemon juice, canola oil, sugar and dill together in a small bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 May 2022 This simple strawberry refrigerator jam uses only strawberries, sugar and lemon juice, and yields 1 pint of jam. Casey Barber, CNN, 9 May 2022 Grease a 2-quart square baking dish. Arrange apple slices in bottom of dish; sprinkle with lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Certain photosensitizing plant compounds called furocoumarins that happen to get on your skin: Think lemon juice from a summer mocktail or the lime in your Corona that accidentally ends up on your hand or leg, Dr. Massick says. ​jessica Migala, SELF, 9 May 2022 Zamudio’s favorite is the Pura Uva Mami, made with Casa Dragones Blanco, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, raspberry puree and Prosecco. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 Season to taste with salt and lemon juice, and sprinkle with chives. Adina Steiman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, pineapple juice, lemon juice, simple syrup. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The Cherry Vodka Lemonade is crafted with Central Standard Door County Cherry Vodka, organic lemon juice and botanicals while the Doors County Cherry Vodka Mule is mixed with Door County Cheery Vodka, organic ginger juice and organic lime juice. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Their other copy of that gene, as well as both copies in non-lemon-frost leopard geckos, did not have those differences in the DNA sequence. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 24 June 2021 And there's a sauce for everyone's taste, from lemon garlic lobster to mango habanero steak and shrimp and chicken bacon ranch dishes. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2021 Makes 8 shots 6 ounces dry rosé 1½ ounces Campari 2 ounces lemon juice ½ ounce maraschino cherry liquid Maraschino cherries, such as Luxardo In a shaker filled with ice, combine the rosé, Campari, lemon juice, and maraschino cherry liquid. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, 26 Aug. 2019 Make LEMON PUDDING (from a mix) with 1 percent milk for dessert. Susan Nicholson, Twin Cities, 16 Apr. 2017 Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic .5 oz. Lemon juice 4 oz. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 18 Dec. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of lemon


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lemon


Middle English lymon, from Middle French limon, from Medieval Latin limon-, limo, from Arabic laymūn, līmūn, from Persian līmū, līmun

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“Lemon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lemon


lem·​on | \ ˈle-mən How to pronounce lemon (audio) \

Kids Definition of lemon

1 : an oval yellow fruit with a sour juice that is related to the orange and grows on a small spiny tree
2 : something unsatisfactory : dud The used car was a lemon.


lem·​on | \ ˈlem-ən How to pronounce lemon (audio) \

Medical Definition of lemon

: an acid fruit that contains citric acid and vitamin C, is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry, and is produced by a small thorny tree of the genus Citrus (C. limon) also : this tree

Other Words from lemon

lemon adjective

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