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

Leftover roasted eggplant can be chopped and pureed (skin and all) intro a dip made with EVOO, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, cumin, and tahini. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The Health Benefits of Eggplants," 8 Aug. 2019 When ready to serve, add the lemon juice and gently toss again. Jeff Koehler, Twin Cities, "With these Moroccan salads, vegetables come first — and in dazzling abundance," 8 Aug. 2019 Perfectly distilled water is about 7 on the pH scale; lemon juice and vinegar measure a mouth-puckering 2 to 3). Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Ocean acidification, explained," 7 Aug. 2019 Whisk together shallot, lemon juice, and oil in a bowl. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Marinated Squash Tart," 5 Aug. 2019 Like, wedding cake flavor (lemon elderflower), invitations (by London stationer Barnard & Westwood), and guests (the couple invite 2,640 members of the public to the Windsor Castle grounds). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan hired pastry chef Claire Ptak to bake a lemon elderflower for their wedding. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship So Far," 31 May 2018 Add the jalapeños’ flesh to the blender, along with the cumin, mushroom powder, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Los Angeles Times, "Salsa verde’s vegan anyway, but this one’s the best," 29 July 2019 Mexican American mothers rubbed lemon juice on their children’s faces because it was rumored to lighten the skin. Ruben Navarrette Jr., The Mercury News, "Navarrette: America’s dialogue on race is now a vexing monologue," 27 July 2019

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
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

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