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Definition of quince

1 : the fruit of a central Asian tree (Cydonia oblonga) of the rose family that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple and is used especially in preserves
2 : a tree that bears quinces — compare Japanese quince

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Examples of quince in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their shorter aging regimen results in a more forward and direct wine, full of bright green apple and quince. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "7 festive California sparkling wines to celebrate making it through 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 His apple, quince and other fruit trees alone provided ample material. Barbara Isenberg, Los Angeles Times, "David Hockney in lockdown: How the artist found his perpetual spring in a horrible year," 16 Dec. 2020 It is made with Basque-style apple cider that has been distilled and infused with herbs and spices like quince, thyme, star anise and cardamom. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Wine gift ideas guaranteed to surprise and delight," 11 Dec. 2020 This pale, straw-colored, biodynamic white is rich and layered, with quince and spice notes. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "The 50 Best Wines Under $50," 7 Dec. 2020 Erica celebrated her daughter's quince last year and she's been watching videos from that day. Peter Nickeas, CNN, "Covid-19 claims beloved Chicago dispatcher: 'His pride was going to work'," 29 Nov. 2020 Instead of quince, cranberries and clementine juice combine to make a smooth, sweet jam-like paste. Los Angeles Times, "It’s out with the old, in with the new for Thanksgiving 2020," 15 Nov. 2020 Made with cooked quince, membrillo sets up firm and is a great complement to a cheese plate. Los Angeles Times, "Ditch the can and make a cranberry preserve worthy of adoration," 12 Nov. 2020 Here is impressive intensity, with flavors of quince, Asian pear and star fruit, plus a splash of key lime to bring it home. Washington Post, "Pair this fruity $12 riesling with takeout and a movie for a weeknight treat," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of quince

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quince

Middle English quynce quinces, plural of coyn, quyn quince, from Anglo-French coign, from Latin cotoneum, alteration cydonium, from Greek kydōnion

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The first known use of quince was in the 14th century

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“Quince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quince. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quince

: the yellow fruit of an Asian tree that is used for making jam, jelly, etc.
: the tree that produces quince


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Kids Definition of quince

: a hard sour yellow fruit that resembles an apple, grows on a shrubby Asian tree, and is used especially in jams and jellies


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Medical Definition of quince

: the fruit of a central Asian tree of the genus Cydonia (C. oblonga) that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple also : the tree

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