\ ˈkwin(t)s How to pronounce quince (audio) \

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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But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, Washington Post, "A glimpse into a tradition celebrated in Latino communities," 15 June 2019 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, baltimoresun.com, "A glimpse into a centuries-old tradition celebrated in Baltimore's Latino communities," 10 June 2019 Current standouts include the North Sea shellfish and the goose liver with quince. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "This Amsterdam Neighborhood Is Europe’s Newest Boho Paradise," 3 Oct. 2018 Check out their playlist below and play it straight from your computer or phone at your quince! Emily Laurence, Seventeen, "3Ball Mty's Quince Playlist," 1 Aug. 2013 Similar diseases called cedar-quince rust and cedar-hawthorn rust affect junipers and other trees that, like apples, are members of the rose family. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Orange growths on juniper trees signal cedar-apple rust," 30 May 2018 Sausage, pork belly and quince top thick baguette slices. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 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 Flowering quince is stunning in late winter, but unattractive the rest of the year. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The garden of unreasonable expectations. It sounds like a Harry Potter book, but it's real | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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


\ ˈkwins How to pronounce quince (audio) \

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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