Definition of lemon
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 extractedb : a tree that bears lemons
2 : something (such as an automobile) that is unsatisfactory or defective
Examples of lemon in a Sentence
The recipe calls for the juice of two lemons.
Garnish it with a slice of lemon.
Our new car is a lemon.
Recent Examples of lemon from the Web
McConnell seemed to be trying to turn lemons into lemonade with next week’s likely rejection of a simple repeal of much of Obama’s law.
Don’t miss desserts as comforting as warm Italian doughnuts with lemon curd and Nutella.
If the yellow drapes, yellow outfit and bowl of lemons in Jennifer Lopez’s music video weren’t enough, the appearance of Sprint’s spokesman drives home the message.
Horse Thief's lemon radler called Summer Swelter will be released at the fest and available for only three weeks following.
Grilled beets Three large beets Half a lime or lemon, juiced Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Boil beets for 45 minutes to an hour until tender (halfway cooked).
Mix 1 oz dark rum and ½ oz orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier) over ice in a tall glass, top with Farmer Willie's and a lemon slice.
Stir in broth, lemon juice, pepper and cooked, drained barley.
Slowly add oil and lemon juice mixture to the eggs and garlic.
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Origin and Etymology of lemon
Middle English lymon, from Middle French limon, from Medieval Latin limon-, limo, from Arabic laymūn, līmūn, from Persian līmū, līmun
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of lemon
1 : of the color lemon yellow
2a : containing lemonb : having the flavor or scent of lemon
First Known Use of lemon
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.
LEMON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lemon for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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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