or·​ange | \ˈär-inj, ˈär(-ə)nj; chiefly Northern & Midland ȯr-inj, ˈȯr(-ə)nj \

Definition of orange 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish-orange rind and a sweet edible pulp He peeled an orange.

b : any of various small evergreen citrus trees (genus Citrus) with glossy ovate leaves, hard yellow wood, fragrant white flowers, and fruits that are oranges

2 : any of several trees or fruits resembling the orange

3 : any of a group of colors that are between red and yellow in hue Orange is about midway between red and yellow in hue.


adjective (1)

Definition of orange (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : of or relating to the orange

2 : of the color orange


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Definition of Orange (Entry 3 of 5)

: of, relating to, or sympathizing with Orangemen


geographical name (1)
Or·​ange | \ˈär-inj, ˈär(-ə)nj, ˈȯr-inj, ˈȯr(-ə)nj\

Definition of Orange (Entry 4 of 5)

1 city in southwestern California north of Santa Ana population 136,416

2 river 1300 miles (2092 kilometers) long in southern Africa flowing from the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho west into the Atlantic Ocean


geographical name (2)
\ȯ-ˈräⁿzh \

Definition of Orange (Entry 5 of 5)

city in southeastern France north of Avignon population 29,135

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Adjective (2)

Orangeism \ˈär-​in-​ˌji-​zəm, ˈär(ə-​)n-​, ˈȯr-​in-​, ˈȯr(ə-​)n-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Harpers Bazaar Australia made the interesting observation that neither Kate nor Meghan have ever opted for wearing orange. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Don't Wear Orange in Public," 31 Aug. 2018 Intent on making a strong impression on the crowd, Pine wore double orange to Comic-Con. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gal Gadot Just Reunited with Wonder Woman Co-Star Chris Pine at Comic-Con," 22 July 2018 Earlier in the week in the Bay Area, about 75 miles south of the fires, falling ash was reported, and the San Francisco sky turned orange from the smoke, reported. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Western wildfires: Thousands flee from dozens of blazes, including Colorado's 3rd-biggest on record," 5 July 2018 In this year’s Stanley Cup Final alone, both general managers, Vegas’ George McPhee and Washington’s Brian MacLellan, are both former Falcons. Golden Knights center Ryan Carpenter wore the orange and brown as recently as 2014. Katherine Fominykh,, "Five things to know about Todd Reirden, the next Capitals head coach," 30 June 2018 The explosion starts off blue, typical of power flashes, then quickly turns orange. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Watch lightning strike dangerously close to this police officer," 29 June 2018 Stadelmann spoke to the village board in Deerfield June 4 where more than 50 people wore orange in support . Steve Sadin,, "'This is a public health issue': North Shore towns mark Gun Violence Awareness Day," 11 June 2018 National Gun Violence Awareness Day, now in its fourth year, has become an annual call to action on June 1 meant to draw attention to shooting victims by wearing orange — a color traditionally used to evoke safety. NBC News, "NRA, gun control advocates duel over right to wear orange," 2 June 2018 The day kicked off a weekend-long campaign in which advocates across the country—wearing orange, the color hunters wear to protect themselves from gunfire—will be rallying for policy change. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Trump Administration's Approach to School Violence Is More Style Than Substance," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Rockblob is a hollow, orange-size ball suspended from a rope to practice standard holds. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 Serve over ice with orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Pomegranate-Rum Punch," 24 Sep. 2018 For Penelope’s big day, Kourtney served up a beautiful confection covered with orange slices, grapes, and her daughter’s name. Maria Pasquini,, "Kris Jenner Joins Kourtney Kardashian's Italy Vacation as They Celebrate Penelope's 6th Birthday," 8 July 2018 Topping it all off with an Aperol spritz (orange slice as garnish, naturally) is only fitting. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Citrus Perfumes for a Sunny Escape—Because Summer Vacation Starts Now!," 26 June 2018 No one is forgetting that name — Sarah Fraser (@heyfrase) June 15, 2018 Sounds like everyone here needs to cool off with some orange slices at halftime. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "People Are Horny As Hell for Morocco Coach Hervé Renard," 20 June 2018 Add mix-ins — think edamame, seaweed, and orange slices — and sauce, then top your creation with avocado, pickled ginger, wasabi, green onions, on and on., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 Add the orange slices and brown until golden and caramelized Remove from the heat and garnish the top of the cake Pour the honey caramel sauce over the cake and oranges and enjoy NOTES + INSPIRATION: Maple syrup can be used in place of the honey. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Flourless Orange Cake," 8 June 2018 Pour cocktail overtop and garnish with the orange slice and cherry. Lauren Delgado,, "Pair your hurricane cocktail with these recipes," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of orange


1532, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective (1)

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orange


Middle English, from Anglo-French orrange, araunge, from Old Occitan auranja, from Arabic nāranj, from Persian nārang, from Sanskrit nāraṅga orange tree

Adjective (1)

see orange entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of orange

: a citrus fruit that is round and that has an orange skin

: a color between red and yellow that is like the color of fire and carrots


or·​ange | \ˈȯr-inj \

Kids Definition of orange

1 : a color between red and yellow : the color of a carrot

2 : a sweet juicy citrus fruit with orange colored rind that grows on an evergreen tree with shining leaves and fragrant white flowers


or·​ange | \ˈär-inj, ˈȯr- \

Medical Definition of orange 

1a : a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish orange rind and a sweet edible pulp

b : any of various rather small evergreen trees (genus Citrus) with ovate leaves, hard yellow wood, fragrant white flowers, and fruits that are oranges

2 often capitalized : agent orange

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