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.


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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


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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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The shrubby butterfly weed flowers in a vibrant orange, gardener-favorite swamp milkweed blooms tall in pink and purple, while the common milkweed explodes with pale pink pompons the size of softballs. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 The Oranje faithful can often be seen all dressed in eye catching, luminous orange, whereas some opt to dress in unusual costumes., "7 of the Most Passionate Fans in World Cup History," 26 June 2018 The shades in the peachy neutral Heat Stroke quad are intriguingly and freely named: Sandy Crotch (pearly orange), Brash (pinkish brick), Mabuhay (peachy brown), and Ruddy (golden red). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Who’s Ready for ‘Sandy Crotch’ Eye Shadow?," 31 May 2018 Lady Danger is a bright coral-y, matte orange, and Antique Velvet has a '90s chocolate-brown thing happening. Maria Poni Silver, Glamour, "I've Been Using the Same $8 Moisturizer for 10 Years," 16 May 2018 Coffee, tea, orange, grapefruit and tomato juices are included and cocktails are available for an additional fee. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Four small cartons of unopened Suncup juices—orange, grape, and apple—also lie in the dirt. Jean Guerrero, Glamour, "We've Seen Pictures of Undocumented Boys in Government Facilities. Where Are the Girls?," 13 July 2018 Set aside the oranges, which will still have their skin but not their peels. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Or maybe a mixed assemblage that included jewel-like longear and orange-spotted sunfish. Shannon Tompkins Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The batter alone was to die for, with intoxicating streaks of orange zest and just the right amount of cardamom. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018 The Belmont Jewel is the official drink of the final leg of the Triple Crown, combining bourbon, lemonade, pomegranate juice and orange zest. Jenna West,, "Belmont Jewel Recipe: How to Make the Signature Drink," 8 June 2018 The resulting wines are amber colored — some indeed look orange — and tannic. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Campania’s Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors," 31 May 2018 To make the filling: Mix together rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant," 29 May 2018 Mix wet ingredients: Place eggs, milk, butter, orange zest and vanilla into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid. Debbi Snook,, "Almond Waffles With Raspberry Sauce from Vitamix (photo, recipes)," 9 May 2018 Garnish with a long slice of cucumber and a twist of orange zest. Marian Bull, GQ, "The White Negroni Sbagliato Is the Drink You Need Right Now," 3 May 2018 Garnish with an orange slice, or shear off a nickel-size circle of orange peel and squeeze it, peel-side out, in the direction of a match held over the drink. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Great Cocktails," 26 Apr. 2018 The original daylilies were orange or yellow, but in my lifetime fabulous whites, pinks, reds and, yes, purples have come into the market. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Passionate about purple? Here are Neil's favorite ways to add it to the landscape | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 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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