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

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 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


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

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For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes with Everyday Ingredients," 7 Mar. 2019 There’s almost, maybe, there’s a little pink and a little orange, maybe? Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 The brownish-orange, thumbnail-sized butterfly, with a wingspan of only an inch or so, once was fairly common on the North American plains. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 Calcium, for instance, will glow orange, barium green, and strontium red. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 David Hogg, a leading March For Our Lives activist, spray painted his mortar board orange and attached a price tag for $1.05 instead of a tassel. Jenny Jarvie,, "With school out, Parkland students plan the next stage in their gun control campaign," 4 June 2018 Portland transportation officials want to paint the city orange next month. Andrew Theen,, "A ride on Biketown's orange bicycles will be free in May," 24 Apr. 2018 The boldest color statements are found in the paintings of sturdy agave plants hung against a brick wall painted orange. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "'Sexy Mexican' Maíz in Mansfield has some big names from the dining scene behind it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 Apr. 2018 Luckily there are homeowners associations, to make sure Joe on the left doesn't paint his house Longhorn orange, and Marie on the right doesn't park seven cars on her front lawn. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's most ridiculous HOA rules," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The homes in Tepe are being painted to look like a cascading rainbow on the hill, and the beautiful shades of pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple are seriously a dream to look at. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Resort Town In Turkey Painted Homes To Look Like A Rainbow, And It's An Instagram Dream," 28 Jan. 2019 In overcast Paris, one showgoer walked the streets in a neon purple, blue, and orange raincoat with a pair of white cat-eye sunglasses. Vogue, "Survive Those April Showers by Stocking Up on the Right Rain Gear," 3 Apr. 2019 Beside the trappings of a normal village home—blue-and-orange floral throw pillows, a Singer sewing machine, a bare bulb powered by a car battery—the searchers found more nefarious items. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 By far the most famous is this viral 2007 Philippine prison dance, featuring hundreds of convicts rocking their orange jumpsuits in style. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the eternal Halloween bop — and so much more," 31 Oct. 2018 They are marked by blue and orange signs at 11 stops, operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and are wheel-chair accessible. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Waterfront shuttle buses extended through summer 2019," 1 Oct. 2018 Winner appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit. Terace Garnier, Fox News, "Reality Winner sentenced to more than 5 years over classified report leak," 23 Aug. 2018 Shoppers can choose from two sizes—a 45 litre that fits roughly three days worth of gear or a 60 litre that will last you around five days—and four different colors, including eye-popping blue and orange versions (easy to spot at baggage claim). Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Duffle is Made for the Adventure Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Her church is decorated with blue and orange banners, boldly represented in adjacent watercolors. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 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

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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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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