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.


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


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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to a spinach salad, or toss diced apples into a lentil dish. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "7 food pairings that will increase nutrient absorption," 9 July 2018 China’s reciprocal duties will target 545 U.S. products worth about $34 billion, including soybeans, whiskey, orange juice, electric cars, salmon, and cigars. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "On Eve of Trade War, China Warns That Trump’s Tariffs Will Backfire," 5 July 2018 Mexico and Canada, as well as the EU, have targeted foodstuffs, from pork and apples to cheese and orange juice. The Economist, "Harley-Davidson shifts some production out of America," 28 June 2018 Production of orange juice between these two makes up roughly 85% of the world market. Cassie Armstrong,, "Orange Blossom Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 27 June 2018 And at least no one's going to drink almond milk, or worse, orange juice. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 2018: Here's what type of milk the drivers prefer," 23 May 2018 On Sunday, May 27, the Tolland Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Tolland Green from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 21 May 2018 While Irving was out with an injury, Jayson Tatum sported the hard-to-miss orange shoes on the court during a game against the 76ers. Lillian Brown,, "Kyrie Irving-Uncle Drew Wheaties boxes in high demand," 14 July 2018 Alessia went with an understated sport vibe, choosing to pair her orange Fila track pants with a graphic T-shirt and chunky black sneakers. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Alessia Cara Match in Orange at the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Event," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For the first time in her WNBA career, Layshia Clarendon stepped onto the court at Mohegan Sun Arena in a blue and orange uniform. Kelli Stacy,, "Layshia Clarendon Plays First Game In Sun Uniform In Loss To Liberty," 11 July 2018 The footage looks like a scene from a horror movie: A massive cloud of smoke envelops a Nigerian roadway as bright red and orange flames engulf a line of passenger cars. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Oil tanker explodes during rush hour on Nigerian highway, burning 54 cars," 29 June 2018 The posterior featured a skin of LED lights that would illuminate in the club’s blue and orange colors, taking inspiration from Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in the German Bundesliga., "FC Cincinnati announces timeline for West End stadium, to unveil new design," 29 June 2018 Rows of twin beds dressed in aqua and orange comforters sat on top of a training field on June 22. Emily Bloch,, "Miami Dolphins and Ashley HomeStore surprise local children with new beds," 28 June 2018 The yellow, green and orange bikes, unlocked using an app on a smartphone, have mushroomed across the city almost overnight. David Swanson,, "A freewheeling guide to two-wheeling in San Diego, a city made for cycling," 24 June 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:28 First look at Boise State's new football uniforms Advertisement Here are the blue, white and orange uniforms that Boise State unveiled Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise State's alcohol-related requests hit a hiccup at State Board meeting," 22 June 2018 Many of the women carry pink or orange tote bags filled with snacks and other basic items provided by the detention centers. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Mom and 4 children forced to separate after seeking asylum in US," 5 June 2018 With blue and orange flags hanging from the rafters, the chanting and blaring music didn’t stop for an hour. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Don Garber: Detroit's 2020 MLS bid hindered by choosing Ford Field," 29 May 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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