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 3)

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 3)

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


adjective (2)

Definition of Orange (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or sympathizing with Orangemen

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Adjective (2)

Orangeism \ ˈär-​in-​ˌji-​zəm How to pronounce Orange (audio) , ˈär(ə-​)n-​ , ˈȯr-​in-​ , ˈȯr(ə-​)n-​ \ noun

Examples of orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Corn tortillas are dragged through the cooking liquid and stained a deep orange before hitting the grill. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 At Zinqué in Scottsdale, this is served in a wine glass and garnished with a fresh orange, Zinqué's classic Campari Spritz features a bubbly mixture of Campari, Pellegrino and Brut Champagne. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, taking an orange off the show's set. Dave Quinn,, 1 Aug. 2022 Houses and cars in the communities were marked with an orange 'X', a date, a time and letters. The Courier-Journal, 31 July 2022 Turn a plain old orange gourd into an elegant front porch address marker. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 19 July 2022 Eagle-eyed viewers will notice two food items in the mix, a pickle and an orange. Kristen Baldwin,, 18 July 2022 The trees’ needles glowed a flaming orange; their bark was a ghostly gray. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 In Rome, Portman chose a vintage Claude Montana skirt suit in a zingy orange, proving a good archival design will never fail to feel modern. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Three weeks after being unveiled, several have already been tagged with orange and white graffiti. Olga R. Rodriguez,, 13 Aug. 2022 The first release in a new partnership, one of the unisex pairs features pops of highlighter pink, orange and green, while the other is more rooted in Earth tones. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 Bright orange and pink dwellings, former prisoner cells, mingle with ancient cisterns and fisheries in its small village. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 Chef Tyler Mulkey of North Mass Boulder turns in his Pistachio Trefoil Mint Citrus Chocolate S'mores, which incorporate a favorite Girl Scouts cookie with graham crackers, chocolate, blood orange puree, orange and marshmallow. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 Brighten your dinner plans with a savory citrus sauce drizzled on chunks of grapefruit, orange and seared scallops. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 The show is staged in a stunning orange-and-white-striped building a few strides from the fashion house’s flagship store on Beverly Hills’ illustrious Rodeo Drive. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 3 Aug. 2022 The barely-there two-piece is held together by dainty strings and is striped orange and blue to match the polka dots on Addison's triangle cups. Seventeen, 2 Aug. 2022 Available in fun shades of pink, orange and green, the faux fur outer fabric is totally unique. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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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

Orange geographical name (1)

Or·​ange | \ ˈär-inj How to pronounce Orange (audio) , ˈär(-ə)nj, ˈȯr-inj, ˈȯr(-ə)nj \

Definition of Orange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2 of 2)

city in southeastern France north of Avignon population 29,135

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