lemon

noun
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

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 Find ways to customize it with things like lemon, Parmesan and more. Marshall Bright, CNN Underscored, "7 ways to make the most of a CSA farm share box," 24 June 2020 Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries tossed together with sugar, lemon juice and zest, cornstarch and cubed butter turns thick and jam-like after baking. Dallas News, "Pie is for summertime, too, especially this triple berry treat," 24 June 2020 Briny capers, tangy lemon, and peppery parsley round out the flavors of this quick and easy seafood dish. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "Air-Fryer Fish Recipes That'll Have You Reaching for Seconds," 23 June 2020 The Penny Chillin’ ($20) and combines Copper City Bourbon, lemon, OW Ginger syrup and smoked tea honey. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 22 restaurants and bars with to-go cocktails around metro Phoenix," 22 June 2020 Make the marinade for the Mushroom Asada: Combine the onion, chipotles and sauce, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, cumin, and paprika in a food processor or blender and puree. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 Feller uses essential oils in her practice, scents including oregano, lemon, peppermint, lavender, and argan oil. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, "How I use an essential oil diffuser throughout the week," 15 June 2020 And the other unexpected ingredient is just a hint of lemon juice. cleveland, "Try the real recipes for these famous restaurant foods," 15 June 2020 To prepare the dressing: Whisk together yogurt, hummus, skim milk, oil, pickle juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt and black pepper. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Lower-fat yogurt dressing keeps Chicken Shawarma Salad healthful," 13 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019 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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lemon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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
How to pronounce lemon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lemon

: a yellow citrus fruit that has a sour taste
: a bright yellow color
chiefly US, informal : a product that is not made well : a product that does not work the way it should

lemon

noun
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.

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lemon

noun
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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