Definition of lemon in English:

lemon

noun

  • 1A pale yellow oval citrus fruit with thick skin and fragrant, acidic juice.

    ‘the juice of seven lemons’
    mass noun ‘garnish with a slice of lemon’
    as modifier ‘lemon juice’
    • ‘When cool, add the juice of two lemons and the reserved liquid and make up the volume to 4 ½ litres.’
    • ‘Rub the chicken all over with the lemon, squeezing the juice into the skin.’
    • ‘Limes nearly always yield more juice than lemons because although they are smaller, they have thinner skins and finer papery segments within.’
    • ‘Slice the red onion finely and juice and zest the lemon.’
    • ‘Carefully fold in the avocado with the lemon juice and some of the herbs.’
    • ‘Pour in all the olive oil, and squeeze in the juice from all four lemons.’
    • ‘At every vegetable market in North Africa, and now also in the south of France, there are stalls laden with huge piles of soft lemons, oozing with juice, next to several varieties of olives.’
    • ‘And the worse thing is that there is no invention that can help you squeeze the juice out of such lemons.’
    • ‘There, they picked raspberries, walnuts, lemons and pears.’
    • ‘In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, thyme, scallion, garlic, mustard and sugar.’
    • ‘Almonds, plums, apples, cherries, and lemons are enjoyed in many households fresh off the trees in family gardens.’
    • ‘Cut the avocados into halves and brush with a little of the lemon juice.’
    • ‘Tucuman is the country's largest producer of sugar cane and lemons.’
    • ‘Put cherries and orange slices into a kettle and add the lemon juice and sugar.’
    • ‘Davenport squeezes the juice from several lemons into water and adds the rinds and boils the liquid until the water starts turning brown.’
    • ‘Fried fish was accompanied by the juice of bitter oranges or lemons or by greensauce.’
    • ‘If you can find a hole where ants are entering the house, squeeze the juice of a lemon in the hole or crack.’
    • ‘Those caught in the acrid clouds of gas retreated to meet comrades in arms who treated their eyes with juice squeezed from lemons and bottled water.’
    • ‘When the bubbles start to look brown around the edges, squeeze in lemon juice from the cut lemons.’
    • ‘In another bowl, zest and juice the lemons and limes, then fold through the cream.’
    • ‘Crush the avocado with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and spread thickly on the bread.’
    • ‘Most other citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, citrons, naturally sweet oranges and tangerines are considered safe.’
    • ‘Squeeze in the juice from both lemons, and salt and pepper to taste.’
    • ‘But I'm not allergic to orange juice, lemons, limes, or anything else citrus.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A drink made from or flavoured with lemon juice.
      ‘a port and lemon’
      • ‘After I got my drink, I looked at Ryan, who was sipping his iced tea and lemon.’
      • ‘He reached behind him, turning slightly, and produced a cup of steaming, plain tea with honey and lemon.’
      • ‘Although lemon tea is a healthy drink, if your father doesn't like it, of course he will be angry.’
      • ‘No one made me hot lemon drinks or brought me books to read, or showed the slightest sign of sympathy.’
      • ‘Until recently, I would without fail drink a big glass of lemon juice and hot water every morning when I woke up.’
      • ‘Now take the lime juice out of the drink and substitute lemon juice.’
      • ‘Last night, I started drinking - some Russian bottled concoction of vodka and lemon if I recall.’
      • ‘One reader wrote asking why lemon juice makes tea go lighter in colour.’
      • ‘Consumers can redeem the coupons at station on the same day, and have a sip of this lemon drink, according to a release from the company.’
      • ‘Jay ordered three hot dogs and two cups of iced lemon tea.’
      • ‘I didn't want to eat or drink anything, but Allison insisted on buying me lemon tea and a bran muffin.’
      • ‘It was really easy to drink, because I put lemon juice and honey and a little bit of salt into each one.’
      • ‘His suggestion that they drink lime or lemon juice, which is high in vitamin C, helped overcome the problem.’
      • ‘I was told to go home and drink hot lemon because all I had was the common cold.’
      • ‘Sinise sits in the ballroom of a plush hotel, leafing through a script, a pot of lemon tea by his side.’
      • ‘When it is warmer, people consume plenty of lemon juice, and drinks made from crushed petals of roses and sugar, instead.’
      • ‘They only had rudimentary medicines like peppermint cure and hot lemon drinks to fight off the virus.’
      • ‘The average day takes in about four to five hours walking in total, regularly stopping in remote villages for lemon tea, to visit temples and chat to the local people.’
      • ‘Dry toast is washed down with lemon tea, black with no sugar.’
      • ‘Adele looked at her mug of lemon tea, guilt suddenly sweeping over her.’
  • 2The evergreen citrus tree which produces lemons, widely cultivated in warm climates.

    • ‘There is a lemon tree just outside our kitchen window that delivers an abundance of big juicy fruit twice a year.’
    • ‘The lemon tree didn't bear fruit, so he tied lemons to the branches.’
    • ‘And to mark that sweet moment, our people planted this lemon tree.’
    • ‘Bart and his friends march on Shelbyville when Springfield's lemon tree is stolen by a gang of children from across the border.’
    • ‘We went back to my aunt and uncle's house, where my brother and I went around back to pick some lemons off of their lemon tree.’
    • ‘Planted with lemon trees in warmer months and clipped hollies for the rest of the year, they seem to glow an ultramarine colour even in overcast conditions, and look even more dramatic when lit at night.’
    • ‘When and how do I trim my Meyer lemons and calamondin?’
    • ‘Trees include the Ash, palm, laurel tree, the myrrh tree, frankincense, the cane tree or plant, the cedar, heletrepion, the orange and lemon tree.’
    • ‘The lemon tree was an entirely different matter.’
    • ‘One of the great things about this flat is the large lemon tree which has its roots on the neighbour's side of the fence, but decides to bear most of its fruit on ours.’
    • ‘One is across the pool, next to the lemon tree that looks out over the canyon.’
    • ‘When Celia Fiennes visited it in 1698 it had its own water supply and ‘an abundance of people of quality’, who took walks in the abbey gardens, amongst orange and lemon trees, hollies, myrtles, and aloes.’
    • ‘The type of lemon tree you choose to plant depends on what your needs are, where you live, and how much space you've got.’
    • ‘I would sit in my rather dim, hot room with the scent from the lemon tree coming through the window, feverishly going through the same issues over and over again.’
    • ‘She loved the high ceilings and large windows, the stone facade, and the walled garden, where a lemon tree grew.’
    • ‘Try 6 acres of gardens with olive trees, lemon trees and chestnut trees.’
    • ‘Also there were cornfields, grapevines, lemon trees, stands of bamboo, and forests of cactus.’
    • ‘I keep raving about our magical lemon tree but I keep forgetting to bring any of its produce to her.’
    • ‘I sat under a lemon tree with two of my oldest and dearest friends while the kids paddled in the wading pool and drove plastic cars around the yard.’
    • ‘The room was silent once more, except for Bart and Milhouse discussing a lemon tree on the television.’
  • 3mass noun A pale yellow colour.

    as modifier ‘a lemon T-shirt’
    • ‘Other fruit colours such as spearmint, lemon and blue are also popular.’
    • ‘Behind glazed double doors, the family room is decorated in pale lemon and floored in solid oak.’
    • ‘Huge blocks of pale turquoise were set off by strips of lemon yellow hems or belts, and oversized rainbow stripes crisscrossed the body on dresses and shell tops.’
    • ‘The first single bedroom overlooks the front of the property and is decorated in pale lemon with laminate wood floors and fitted wardrobes.’
    • ‘From cream to beige to peach and lemon yellow, the range comes in several colours apart from the new shade mint.’
    • ‘It's an Australian plant naturalised in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold.’
    • ‘They bloom in a range of colors from bright lemon yellow to a deep golden color, and there is also a lovely pink variety.’
    • ‘In a food processor, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until they are pale and creamy.’
    • ‘Its colour scheme is soft lemon, which complements the stained timber floor.’
    • ‘Spurred blossoms come in shades of pumpkin, peachy rose, gold, ruby, and pale lemon.’
    • ‘Before she could get the chance to protest, he pulled her outside and pulled out the folded lemon yellow paper.’
    • ‘The colours in this series are lime green, sky blue, white, lemon yellow, black and flame orange.’
    • ‘The Marigold erecta, in orange, lemon, golden yellow and a rare white, is a good potted plant.’
    • ‘Fueki prefers mint green, lemon yellow, melon pink and other candy colors that she often spikes with glitter.’
    • ‘The bridesmaids were Sharon Power, Rachel Lenihan and Fiona O'Loughlin and they wore dresses with gold brocade bodice and lemon skirt.’
    • ‘There are 47 standard colours ranging from lemon and saffron to silver, olive and denim.’
    • ‘A houndstooth wool anchored the season, with touches of dusty rose and pale lemon.’
    • ‘The decor is sunny, with a lemon and terracotta colour scheme, which Jan says makes people feel like they are on holiday.’
    • ‘For those wanting something more bright, there are colours like orange, green, and lemon.’
    • ‘In the glass it is pale yellow with mild lemon notes on the nose.’
    yellowish, yellowy, lemon, lemony, amber, gold, golden
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  • 4informal An unsatisfactory or feeble person or thing.

    ‘car-makers cannot afford to create lemons’
    • ‘As a result you are stuck holding some real lemons - and the prospect of widespread industrial chaos - as we move into an election year.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French limon (in modern French denoting a lime) from Arabic līmūn (a collective term for fruits of this kind); compare with lime.

Pronunciation

lemon

/ˈlɛmən/