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.

Definition of orange (Entry 2 of 5)

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

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

Examples of orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What if your orange came in a gift box, exactly big enough that the fruit touches all sides? Ben Klemens, Scientific American, "The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Social Science Modeling," 7 July 2020 If the counties drop to a Level 2 or orange level, the requirement will drop off. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Gov. DeWine mask order: Here are the 7 counties in Ohio where masks are required," 7 July 2020 The decision to pull the plug will cut about 300 jobs and dismantle a network that also carried Coke’s fresh orange juice and single-serve Fairlife milk to retailers. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: YRC’s Big Bailout; Resetting Free Trade; Delivery on Ice," 2 July 2020 Another 28 counties were assigned Alert Level 2, or orange. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Cuyahoga, 6 other counties placed on red alert for coronavirus by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine," 2 July 2020 According to a graphic shared by countless social media users, boiling a pot of water with orange or lemon peels and salt, then inhaling the steam for 15 minutes will kill respiratory viruses, including coronavirus, influenza and rhinovirus. Carmel Kookogey, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Citrus steam cannot kill viruses such as the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 Brazil is already the top exporter of soybeans, beef, chicken, sugar, coffee and orange juice. Fabiana Batista,, "Beef Is Becoming a Luxury for Millions in Brazil," 23 June 2020 Commonly grown in the Mediterranean, bergamot is an inedible citrus fruit that is roughly the size of an orange with the color of a lime. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Calming Scents to Help You Unwind When You're Stressed," 25 June 2020 The cruise ship passed under San Francisco’s famous orange span and is now inching toward the Port of Oakland. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 9," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Johnson put Mikac on two powerful antibiotics, clarithromycin and rifampicin, which turned Mikac’s urine the color of orange Fanta. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem," 3 July 2020 Earlier this year, Scottsdale ordered David Najor, owner of Detroit Coney Grill, to change the color of his bright orange awnings to a color more appropriate with the surrounding shopping center. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale told a restaurant owner to take down his mural. The community is fighting to save it," 2 July 2020 And on his mirrors is an orange tint, a nod to his days with McLaren – the legendary racing team that, with racing division CEO Zak Brown, helped bring Alonso to the Indy 500 in 2017. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Arrow McLaren SP releases Fernando Alonso's 2020 Indy 500 livery," 1 July 2020 Officers found Braswell’s orange Chevrolet Camaro off an embankment into the lake, police reports say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Watch police body camera after ex-Arizona Cardinals player drove into Lake Erie in Put-In-Bay," 1 July 2020 Once the surimi paste is made and piped into molds, a thin coat of orange food dye is painted onto the exterior in order to mimic the crab’s natural hue. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "The Real Story Behind Imitation Crab," 30 June 2020 The beloved bird is universally endearing with its brilliant blue and orange plumage and melodious chortle. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Bluebird Comeback: Beautiful native bird is thriving with human help," 25 June 2020 Primary colors — red and blue specifically — will take a front seat to sunny colors such as orange, Moore said. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "OK, so fans can attend the rescheduled 2020 Kentucky Derby. But what should you wear?," 25 June 2020 Gusts of up to 40 to 45 mph are likely at times, especially in the orange shaded areas on the map, with gusts up to 50 mph or higher possible. NBC News, "Cristobal to merge with new storm system after lashing South," 9 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Orange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for orange


How to pronounce Orange (audio) How to pronounce Orange (audio)

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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