Definition of citron in English:



  • 1A shrubby Asian tree bearing fruits which resemble large lemons with less acid flesh and thick fragrant peel.

    1. 1.1The fruit of the citron tree.
      • ‘Most other citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, citrons, naturally sweet oranges and tangerines are considered safe.’
      • ‘Ignoring citron tart and chocolate orange cake, sticky toffee pudding would be just fine but there was none left.’
      • ‘For most of us, the word ‘citrus’ conjures up images of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes - and possibly citrons or blood oranges, if you're a true connoisseur of fruit.’
      • ‘Chop the citron and nuts, if you did not buy them pre-chopped.’
      • ‘The citron, like the lemon and lime, is native to NE India, where it was used from early times as a perfume and in medicine.’
      • ‘Another treat were these thick slices of candied citron dipped in pure dark chocolate.’
      • ‘Its ultra-fresh, delicate fragrance draws on cardamom, citron, geranium and coriander.’
      • ‘The citron was the first citrus fruit to reach Europe, which is why the whole group of fruits is called after one of its less important members.’
      • ‘Fruitcake orange peel is strong and slightly sweet in the nose, as is candied lemon peel and citron.’
      • ‘In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.’
      • ‘It certainly got better the following day though, with the taste of citrons and the herb being more pronounced.’
      • ‘Cardamom seeds and candied citron may be difficult to find; try the local health food store.’
      • ‘It is said that a sailor secretly brought citrons from China hidden inside his wide sleeves on his voyage to Namhae a thousand years ago.’


Early 16th century (denoting the fruit): from French, from Latin citrus citron tree, on the pattern of limon lemon.