or·​ange | \ ˈär-inj How to pronounce orange (audio) , ˈär(-ə)nj; chiefly Northern & Midland ˈȯr-inj How to pronounce orange (audio) , 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


adjective (2)

Definition of Orange (Entry 3 of 5)

: of, relating to, or sympathizing with Orangemen


geographical name (1)
Or·​ange | \ ˈär-inj How to pronounce Orange (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Orange (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Orange (audio) , ˈär(ə-​)n-​ , ˈȯr-​in-​ , ˈȯr(ə-​)n-​ \ noun

Examples of orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Class of 2021 selected the orange rose as its class flower, as well as red and silver as class colors. John Benson, cleveland, 12 June 2021 On a typical day, the orange will cost around one dollar. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, 11 June 2021 The orange in the above map represents severe drought, the red is extreme drought and the dark red is exceptional drought. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 8 June 2021 In a large bowl, combine the tuna and its oil, 1/3 cup of parsley, the olives, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the zest and juice of both the lemon and the orange, and the Calabrian chiles, if using. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 The color orange is associated with leukemia awareness. Eric Todisco,, 23 May 2021 The signature accessory is an evening headpiece, and guests are encouraged to wear the color orange in the spirit of creativity and encouragement. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 23 Apr. 2021 The Bengals’ black jersey will be their home uniform, the white is their away uniform and the orange is their alternate. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2021 The orange, however, was less balanced; the bourbon was too overpowering in my sampling. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It’s where the orange and black butterflies breed over the summer before traveling thousands of miles down to Mexico for the winter season. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2021 For color options, choose between a more traditional beige, blue and green stripes or orange and yellow stripes. Korin Miller, Forbes, 15 June 2021 There can be orange and red flecks on the tree outside the areas killed by the canker. oregonlive, 13 June 2021 When the Jacksonville Jaguars were on the verge of selecting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the top pick in April’s NFL Draft, the bridge was lit up in orange and purple for the player’s school. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Security footage from a store in Mobile store shows male and female suspects, dressed in black, orange, and blue shirts. al, 6 June 2021 Solano County has remained in the second-most stringent tier since March 9, even as every other Bay Area county has progressed to the less restrictive orange and yellow tiers. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Citrus oils such as orange and lemon contain furocoumarins, which when exposed to the sun's UV rays can cause chemical burns. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 June 2021 The view down East Canyon toward the Oquirrh Mountains is beautiful, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom or the trees are beginning to turn orange and yellow. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021

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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

Noun and Adjective (1)

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

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“Orange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce orange (audio) \

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 How to pronounce orange (audio) , ˈȯr- How to pronounce orange (audio) \

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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