: 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
: a tree that bears quinces compare Japanese quince

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Examples of quince in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kale and Herb Salad With Poached Quince Like wedges of rose quartz, poached quince dazzles in this salad of hearty greens and tender, sprightly herbs. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Drawing equally on the culinary traditions of Mexico City and Asturias in northern Spain, where the owners trace their roots, El Sella serves an excellent chorizo cooked in cider and a fine dessert of ate con queso (quince paste with cheese) flambéed tableside. Jorge Valencia Mariano Fernandez, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 La Marina Cuvée Océane 2022 (2 stars) Côtes de Gascogne, France, $13 Bright and tart, with flavors of quince and green apple, this is an easy-drinking white for sipping before dinner or with entree salads. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Inside is this Van Cleef & Arpels necklace named after the tree that bears quince. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 21 Aug. 2023 Instead of using light and shadow to sculpt, this gel’s powered by quince leaf extract, celosia extract, hazelnut, and horse chestnut. Maddie Aberman, Women's Health, 27 June 2023 Spearmint, green tea and quince aromas; excellent complexity and richness. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Today, park staff use heritage techniques to care for the roughly 1,900 trees bearing cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, plums, mulberries, quinces, almonds, pecans and walnuts, according to the park. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 17 June 2023 The Pottery Barn find features a twig wreath base, golden-hued quince, and sprays of hydrangeas, berries, and boxwood. Jessica Cherner, housebeautiful.com, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Quince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quince. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the fruit of an Asian tree that resembles a yellow apple with hard flesh and is used especially for marmalade, jelly, and preserves
also : a tree that bears quinces

Medical Definition


: 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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