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


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


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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Plus, sample tasty desert bloom, orange blossom and cinnamon infused honey as well as observe a live bee hive Arizona State Parks & Trails has your ticket to summer fun! azcentral, "Home and Landscape Show Sweepstakes," 22 June 2018 That sunset was a reminder to those who knew and loved Noah, because orange was his favorite color. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "He fought rare cancer with a smile, and support of a Carolina Panthers defensive end," 22 June 2018 According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, the likelihood of a lobster being orange is 1 in 30 million, which is even more rare than a blue lobster. CBS News, "Rare orange lobster found by supermarket workers," 7 June 2018 Alex John Beck Safety orange is the can’t-miss color that’s being offered up by streetwear designers, big-name labels, and just about every mall brand surrounding your local Auntie Anne’s this season. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Wear Orange the Right Way, Right Now," 9 May 2018 The Peruvian dark chocolate combines orange blossom and quince notes while the Madagascar beans boast bright citrus and caramel. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 The iconic orange and black insect is one of nature’s key pollinators. Ryan Gillespie,, "Central Florida community works to bring back monarch butterflies," 30 Apr. 2018 The Nippon Foundation notes that orange is the color of flags to be used by relief workers signaling a tsunami evacuation. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Japan's 'Bosai Girls' bring fashion to disaster relief," 24 Apr. 2018 On the uniform front, the deep blue that was used to outline the numbers and helmet strip are gone, the orange seen throughout is a bit bolder (and darker), and throwback uniforms will be worn twice during the season. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "After the Heat 'paid the price' in Game 3, can it respond and tie the series again? | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 From the red and orange hues of their flower arrangements, to the icing adorning their red velvet cake, Eugenie and Jack's wedding was a perfect fit for October. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brookbank's Official Portraits Compared to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's," 13 Oct. 2018 Trick, a matte black, takes things to a scary-good level with a hint of subtle orange and green sparkle, while Treat, a metallic copper, comes in hot like pumpkin spice’s wicked stepsister. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sugarpill Is Launching Two Sparkly Lipsticks for Halloween, Called Trick and Treat," 25 Sep. 2018 Well, until today, not much: One is a timeless piece of music, and the other is orange and very, very mean. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Richard Marx Called Out Trump and It's The Only Thing in This World Bringing Me Joy," 18 July 2018 Dragging powerbaits with drift rigs as the water starts to flow has been giving up some good fish too, orange and white have been very good colors. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Many people asked why the sky in the west was such a brilliant shade of orange and yellow. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 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

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 \

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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