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Definitions of orange

orange (ˈɒrɪndʒ



  1. any of several citrus trees, esp Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) and the Seville orange, cultivated in warm regions for their round edible fruit . See also tangerine (sense 1
    1. the fruit of any of these trees, having a yellowish-red bitter rind and segmented juicy flesh . See also navel orange
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ orange peel
  2. the hard wood of any of these trees
  3. any of a group of colours, such as that of the skin of an orange, that lie between red and yellow in the visible spectrum in the approximate wavelength range 620–585 nanometres
  4. a dye or pigment producing these colours
  5. orange cloth or clothing   ⇒  ■ dressed in orange
  6. any of several trees or herbaceous plants that resemble the orange, such as mock orange



  1. of the colour orange

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Old Provençal auranja, from Arabic nāranj, from Persian nārang, from Sanskrit nāranga, probably of Dravidian origin




  1.  (ˈɒrɪndʒ a river in S Africa, rising in NE Lesotho and flowing generally west across the South African plateau to the Atlantic: the longest river in South Africa. Length: 2093 km (1300 miles)
  2.  (French ɔrɑ̃ʒ)  a town in SE France: a small principality in the Middle Ages, the descendants of which formed the House of Orange. Pop: 27 989 (1999). Ancient name: : Arausio,  (əˈraʊsɪəʊ

Orange2 (ˈɒrɪndʒ



  1. a princely family of Europe. Its possessions, originally centred in S France, passed in 1544 to the count of Nassau, who became William I of Orange and helped to found the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Since 1815 it has been the name of the reigning house of the Netherlands. It was the ruling house of Great Britain and Ireland under William III and Mary (1689–94) and under William III as sole monarch (1694–1702)
  2. (modifier) of or relating to the Orangemen
  3. (modifier) of or relating to the royal dynasty of Orange

Translations for 'orange'

  • British English: orange Something that is orange is of a colour between red and yellow.Tigers are orange with black stripes.ˈɒrɪndʒ NOUNcolour
  • Arabic: بُرْتُقَالِيٌّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: laranja
  • Chinese: 橙色的
  • Croatian: narančast narančasta
  • Czech: oranžový
  • Danish: orange
  • Dutch: oranje
  • European Spanish: naranja
  • Finnish: oranssi
  • French: orangecouleur
  • German: orange
  • Greek: πορτοκαλής πορτοκαλιά
  • Italian: arancione
  • Japanese: オレンジ色の
  • Korean: 오렌지색의
  • Norwegian: oransje
  • Polish: pomarańczowy pomarańczowa
  • Portuguese: laranja
  • Romanian: portocaliu
  • Russian: оранжевый оранжевая
  • Spanish: naranjacolor
  • Swedish: orange oranget
  • Thai: ที่มีสีส้ม
  • Turkish: portakal rengi
  • Ukrainian: оранжевий
  • Vietnamese: có màu da cam
  • British English: orange An orange is a round fruit with a thick skin and lots of juice.ˈɒrɪndʒ NOUNfruit
  • Arabic: بُرتُقَالَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: laranja
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: naranča
  • Czech: pomeranč
  • Danish: appelsin
  • Dutch: sinaasappel
  • European Spanish: naranja
  • Finnish: appelsiini
  • French: orangefruit
  • German: Orange
  • Greek: πορτοκάλι
  • Italian: arancia
  • Japanese: オレンジ
  • Korean: 오렌지
  • Norwegian: appelsin
  • Polish: pomarańcza
  • Portuguese: laranja
  • Romanian: portocală portocale
  • Russian: апельсин
  • Spanish: naranjafruta
  • Swedish: apelsin
  • Thai: ส้ม
  • Turkish: portakal
  • Ukrainian: апельсин
  • Vietnamese: quả cam

Example Sentences Including 'orange'

She wore a single piece of stiff Dutch wax which went from orange , through crimson to deep arterial red.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
These're my favourite, soft orange centres dipped in bitter chocolate.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
The evening fish market was up and people were buying steadily under the orange glow of the streetlights.
Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAIN (2002)


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