lemon

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noun

lem·​on ˈle-mən How to pronounce lemon (audio)
1
a
: an acid fruit that is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry produced by a small thorny citrus tree (Citrus limon) and that has a rind from which an aromatic oil is extracted
b
: a tree that bears lemons
2
: something (such as an automobile) that is unsatisfactory or defective

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lemon

2 of 2

adjective

1
: of the color lemon yellow
2
a
: containing lemon
b
: having the flavor or scent of lemon

Example Sentences

Noun The recipe calls for the juice of two lemons. Garnish it with a slice of lemon. Our new car is a lemon.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The acid in the lemon juice will dissolve the rust. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, 29 Nov. 2022 The nutritious recipe features crisp fennel bulbs soaked in lemon juice and a drizzling of olive oil. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Nov. 2022 Some of the cocktails reflect the daytime cafe's Nordic theme; the lonkero is gin, lingonberry juice, grapefruit soda and lemon juice ($12). Journal Sentinel, 26 Nov. 2022 Stir together barbecue sauce, cranberry sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. People Staff, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 Off heat, add the lemon juice, then taste and season with salt and pepper. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 Heat isn’t the only variable here either: A change in acidity from, say, adding a big squeeze of lemon juice to your simmering broth, might also promote coagulation. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 20 Nov. 2022 If your stew seems flat or one note, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice or balsamic vinegar to elevate every element in the stew. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2022 Step 3Remove skillet from heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, scraping up any brown bits. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Their other copy of that gene, as well as both copies in non-lemon-frost leopard geckos, did not have those differences in the DNA sequence. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 24 June 2021 And there's a sauce for everyone's taste, from lemon garlic lobster to mango habanero steak and shrimp and chicken bacon ranch dishes. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2021 Makes 8 shots 6 ounces dry rosé 1½ ounces Campari 2 ounces lemon juice ½ ounce maraschino cherry liquid Maraschino cherries, such as Luxardo In a shaker filled with ice, combine the rosé, Campari, lemon juice, and maraschino cherry liquid. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, 26 Aug. 2019 Make LEMON PUDDING (from a mix) with 1 percent milk for dessert. Susan Nicholson, Twin Cities, 16 Apr. 2017 Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic .5 oz. Lemon juice 4 oz. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 18 Dec. 2015 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English lymon, from Middle French limon, from Medieval Latin limon-, limo, from Arabic laymūn, līmūn, from Persian līmū, līmun

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lemon was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lemon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lemon

noun

lem·​on
ˈlem-ən
1
a
: a yellow oblong fruit with sour juice and a thick rind from which a fragrant oil is obtained
b
: a small thorny citrus tree that bears lemons
2
: the color of ripe lemons
3
: one that turns out to be unsatisfactory or disappointing
our new car is a lemon
lemon adjective

Medical Definition

lemon

noun

lem·​on ˈlem-ən How to pronounce lemon (audio)
: an acid fruit that contains citric acid and vitamin C, is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry, and is produced by a small thorny tree of the genus Citrus (C. limon)
also : this tree
lemon adjective

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