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.


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


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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


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

Examples of orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One sports a combination of blue and neon yellow, and the other is neon purple and neon orange, giving it exactly the same color scheme as Waluigi, the single biggest scumbag in Nintendo’s character lineup. Jon Porter, The Verge, "One of Nintendo’s new Joy-Con color schemes is basically Waluigi-themed," 17 July 2019 Heavy white and yellow slimy growth on plastic insert of nozzle used to dispense fresh orange juice. Ebony Day, azcentral, "White and yellow slime on orange juice dispenser found in this week's restaurant inspections," 17 July 2019 The fluid inside was orange and turbid, with hundreds of thousands of engineered T cells. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 This month it’s Malibu Dollarmama — a beverage made up of of white Malibu rum, Tropicana orange juice and Dole pineapple juice. Hannah Chubb,, "Burger King Just Added $1 Crispy Tacos to Menus Nationwide," 9 July 2019 Pour the bourbon, Grand Marnier and fresh orange juice in the glass. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Fried chicken with Champagne? Why this quirky culinary combo is a must-try," 2 July 2019 The other is orange and tastes like Thousand Island’s thinner, spicier cousin. Kim Severson, New York Times, "A Naughty Name, a Virtuous Menu and a Line Down the Block," 1 July 2019 In a measuring cup or pitcher, stir together fresh orange juice, lime juice, and lemon juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mason Jar Citrus Coolers," 20 May 2019 One of the parents is an orange, and this is where the additional hardiness comes from. Dan Gill,, "This is the best type of lemon to grow in southeast Louisiana," 6 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Thick and thin, blue and orange, 2019 editions and 2018 leftovers. Abhijith Ravinutala,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 Both are shimmer free, subtle, and give me a natural (i.e. not orange) kiss of sun. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This $52 Bronzer Literally Makes My Skin Look Airbrushed," 18 July 2019 Take one step into her home office and you're inundated with color (namely orange, her favorite), pattern, and all manner of memorabilia. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything in this Pattern-Happy Home Office Has a Hidden Meaning," 12 July 2019 The mother of four, 38, leaned in and kissed Saint, who wore orange, blue and yellow face paint. Robyn Merrett,, "Kim Kardashian Shares Sweet Selfie with Son Saint Wearing Colorful Face Paint," 5 July 2019 The birds, which sport a short yellow-orange bill and black streaks, grow to about 6 inches. Sarah Wu,, "Endangered piping plovers hatch in Boston for the first time in decades," 2 July 2019 Each beer is created specifically for the festival, and all food vendors will serve their take on nachos, from Indian-inspired to neon-orange cheese-laden. Sara Cagle,, "Gyros and comedy, pirates and cats and more for your close-to-home weekend," 26 June 2019 For months, the murky water of Cuddy Pond in Midtown Anchorage has been home to dozens of bright orange, white and red goldfish. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Goldfish are thriving in a Midtown Anchorage pond. Alaska wildlife biologists want them gone.," 18 June 2019 Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Boxbot, the company behind an adorable blue-and-orange autonomous truck trawling the streets of Oakland, has an outsized, ambitious plan for the future of delivery. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week," 9 June 2019

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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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