orange

noun
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.

orange

adjective (1)

Definition of orange (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : of or relating to the orange
2 : of the color orange

Orange

adjective (2)

Definition of Orange (Entry 3 of 5)

: of, relating to, or sympathizing with Orangemen

Orange

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

Orange

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

Examples of orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some are red, others are orange, and some mimic toxic glasswings in the cloud forest like this this one. 4. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About The CW's Adorable New Show “Ready, Set, Pet”," 29 Jan. 2019 What’s more, Trump’s whole discussion of the issue was really based on an apples-and-oranges comparison. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 Living Coral, also known as Pantone 16-1546, is a warm, peachy orange with a life-affirming golden undertone. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Pantone Just Released Their Color of the Year for 2019," 5 Dec. 2018 The hostess with the mostest will relish in Hermes' set of fragrant orange-scented soaps and any multi-tasking earth mother will surely appreciate Tata Harper's curated edit of all-natural skincare products, chicly housed in a verdant vanity case. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Beauty Gifts for Mom That Guarantee Favorite Child Status," 9 Nov. 2018 But Leventhal says comparing the two drugs is like comparing apples and oranges. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is nicotine actually bad for you?," 10 Aug. 2018 Jonathan India has gone from the orange and blue of UF to the red of Cincinnati. Roy Parry, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UF's Jonathan India, Michael Byrne sign with Cincinnati Reds," 4 July 2018 Besides, trying to categorize players from different eras is like comparing apples and oranges. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "LeBron James is not the GOAT, and neither is Michael Jordan," 30 May 2018 The cheese powder was a very vibrant orange, but the cheddar was a little too sharp for my taste. Oset Babur, Bon Appetit, "I Dubiously Tried 6 'Healthy' Mac & Cheese Brands to Find the Best," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There was even a small room for infants, complete with two high chairs, where two baby boys wore matching rugby style shirts with orange and white stripes. CBS News, "Audio tape purportedly of sobbing immigrant kids grabs spotlight," 19 June 2018 There was even a small room for infants, complete with two high chairs, where two baby boys wore matching rugby style shirts with orange and white stripes. Nomaan Merchant And Anita Snow, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children crying for parents stokes rage over separation," 19 June 2018 There was even a small room for infants, complete with two high chairs, where two baby boys wore matching rugby style shirts with orange and white stripes. Washington Post, "‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children stokes rage over separation," 19 June 2018 Pour passion fruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur, orange and lime juices, and vanilla extract in cocktail shaker. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Refreshing summertime drinks," 11 June 2018 Pinned to his lapel was the orange and black St George’s ribbon, a symbol of the second world war that has become synonymous with Russian revanchism in Ukraine. The Economist, "Russia struggles to balance between Israel and Iran," 31 May 2018 Cut away the peel and white pith of orange and grapefruit. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lime Tilapia With Citrus-Avocado Salsa," 19 Dec. 2018 From a mod library in orange and charcoal to a sparkling white kitchen and leopard walls, a 300-year old colonial in Westchester County, New York, get a painstaking redo—and a dose of 21st-century glam. Fred Nicolaus, House Beautiful, "How Andrew Flesher Used Bright Colors And Leopard Print To Rescue A Historic Home," 6 Dec. 2018 Purple neutralizes sallow, yellow tones, while orange and red balance out blue and purple dark circles. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Erborian's CC Cream Cancels Out Redness Like Magic," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of orange

Noun

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

noun

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

orange

noun
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

orange

noun
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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