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.


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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


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

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The feisty orange Lorax is the only one brave enough to speak in the midst of the environmental devastation. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Tree said to inspire Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' dies. Who will speak for the trees?," 17 June 2019 Photos from the roadway show billowing orange flames coming from a white double-decker bus. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Burning bus on I-280sparks grass fires near Portola Valley," 5 June 2019 Protests began with the flying of a giant blimp depicting the president as an angry orange baby, which rose from the grass of central London’s Parliament Square. Washington Post, "Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president," 5 June 2019 Zest and juice of 2 oranges 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary leaves 2 large eggs, beaten 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups self rising flour Confectioners’ sugar, to dust Instructions: Heat the oven to 325 degrees., "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 One woman pushed a small orange gremlin-like figure with Trump's face in a stroller. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump dismisses British protests as 'fake news' as thousands march against him in London," 4 June 2019 Next, Coraça displays a series of statement dresses, including a vibrant orange gown and belt once worn by Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Royal Archives: A Look Back at the Most Iconic Royal Dresses," 30 May 2019 Over the past 30 years, expatriates flooded in, enchanted by the city’s hilly cobblestone streets, soaring Gothic church, and houses painted in sunset colors: dusky rose, peach, yellow, orange. Mary Beth Sheridan, The Seattle Times, "The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: Americans heading south," 21 May 2019 When presented with the idea of traveling across the Atlantic in a giant orange barrel, most people might have a few questions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This 72-Year-Old Frenchman Just Crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Orange Barrel," 7 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The west orange city, located about 10 miles west of Orlando, is planning to erect its own memorial next year, likely in a park near Starke Lake. Stephen Hudak,, "Downtown marker memorializes July Perry, lynched in Orlando nearly a century ago," 21 June 2019 Yet Chasing Citra is the real deal, a semi-hazy IPA that looks like orange juice, smells like a fruit salad and drinks like a champ, with mango, grapefruit and tangerine floating over a bread-like malt base. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Benchmark Brewing’s final bow," 20 June 2019 Due to the fact that Jenner was wearing an orange dress that matched the Coke can suspiciously well, internet users began hypothesizing that this might be an advertising scheme. Olivia Harrison,, "Coca-Cola Weighs In On Those Photos Of Kendall Jenner Drinking Orange Vanilla Coke," 20 June 2019 Give the Chupacabra Bubbles, Shinola Orancia — an orange wine made with Malvasia Bianca — or the Tarzan red made from 100 percent Tempranillo a try. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Want to learn more about wine? These 12 Phoenix tasting rooms can help," 19 June 2019 Prosecco served over ice and garnished with an orange wedge) and The Paper Plane (1 ½ ounces each Amaro, Aperol, Bourbon, and strained lemon juice shaken with ice and served in a coupe glass with a mint leaf). Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "7 Decorating Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Like Italy This Summer," 19 June 2019 Dutch fans out in force Le Havre was bathed in a sea of orange when Netherlands came to town. George Ramsay, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Best moments from France 2019," 19 June 2019 The good news: if all goes according to plan, the road will be smooth and clear of orange cones by the end of September. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Avoid summer traffic headaches and watch out for these seven major construction projects in the Milwaukee area," 18 June 2019 The bobblehead features Springer wearing the old-school rainbow jersey and orange cap behind a set of turntables and speakers with DJ Springer emblazoned on the front of the bobblehead. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Check out the hot-selling Astros' George Springer DJ exclusive bobblehead," 18 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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