lemon

noun
lem·​on | \ˈle-mən \

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

lemon

adjective

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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Noun

lemon 1: branch with fruit and flowers

In the meaning defined above

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This can be lemon or lime juice, vinegar, olive or nut oil (walnut and hazelnut are especially good), hummus, garlic-tahini dressing, pesto, hot sauce, soy sauce. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 The way that scene in The Sopranos where Junior Soprano breaks up with his girlfriend by shoving a lemon meringue pie into her face feels. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why does the idea of “Hermione 2020” make me so angry?," 1 Nov. 2018 Drizzle lemon-butter mixture over top, making sure salmon is coated completely. Ayesha Curry, Woman's Day, "Garlic Butter Salmon and Citrus Rice," 23 Oct. 2018 Of course, your face cream with a bit of lemon or grapefruit oil at the bottom of the ingredients list isn’t necessarily going to lead to a blistering breakout. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "4 Essential Oils That Are Actually Really Irritating to Skin," 11 Oct. 2018 Place lemon halves, cut sides down, on the baking sheet. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Mediterranean Chicken Bake," 20 Aug. 2018 Sandwich cream between 32 thin lemon cookies (about 2 teaspoon per sandwich). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies," 13 Aug. 2018 My chicken bowl with kale and lemon kokuho rice was righteously light. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 In the East Garden, guests enter under a canopy of lemon tree branches. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Here's what 57,000 flowers create at Vegas' Bellagio Conservatory, where love is in the air," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Make LEMON PUDDING (from a mix) with 1 percent milk for dessert. Susan Nicholson, Twin Cities, "7-day menu planner: For easy entertaining, try this linguine dish," 16 Apr. 2017 Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic .5 oz. Lemon juice 4 oz. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "This Holiday Cocktail Recipe Honors 170 Years of T&C," 18 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of lemon

Noun

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

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lemon

Noun

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

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The first known use of lemon was in the 15th century

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lemon

noun

Financial Definition of lemon

What It Is

A lemon is an item whose defects were not outwardly apparent at the time that it was sold to a consumer.  ”Lemon” has typically referred to a defective new car but its current application has become more widespread.

How It Works

What constitutes a lemon?  Using the example of a car, any new vehicle that has a substantial and/or continuous problem that isn't fixed within a reasonable number of attempts, or that has had a certain number of days out of service or in repair. The legal definition according to many state statutes is as follows: 1) a new car can not be fixed for a substantial defect within four attempts; or 2) a safety defect can not be fixed within two attempts; or 3) the car is out of service for 30 days within the first 12,000 miles and/or the first 12 or 24 months of purchase., Under these conditions, the consumer may be entitled to a remedy from the manufacturer of either cash or a replacement car.

Federal and state laws to protect the consumer have been passed in response to the alleged proliferation of defective cars. The consumer is protected by three types of laws: The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, The Uniform Commercial Code, and various state laws.

Why It Matters

The consumer is armed with legislation to support his efforts to secure either a refund or replacement for his defective purchase. Aware of these rights, he can confidently assert his position when faced with a new vehicle (or other product) that is consistently needing repair.

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lemon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lemon

: a yellow citrus fruit that has a sour taste

: a bright yellow color

: a product that is not made well : a product that does not work the way it should

lemon

noun
lem·​on | \ˈle-mən \

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.

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lemon

noun
lem·​on | \ˈlem-ən \

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

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