Meaning of ORANGE in English


I. ˈär-inj, ˈär(-ə)nj; chiefly Northern & Midland ˈȯr-inj, ˈȯr(-ə)nj noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French orrange, araunge, from Old Occitan auranja, from Arabic nāranj, from Persian nārang, from Sanskrit nāraṅga orange tree

Date: 14th century


a. : a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish-orange rind and a sweet edible pulp

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 lie midway between red and yellow in hue

II. adjective

Date: 1542

1. : of or relating to the orange

2. : of the color orange

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.