Definition of nectarine in English:



  • 1A peach of a variety with smooth red and yellow skin and rich, firm flesh.

    • ‘He loved the way she smelt, like ripe nectarines.’
    • ‘Infestations of grapes are often due to a buildup in other soft fruits such as figs, apricots, peaches, nectarines, or citrus.’
    • ‘Heat the olive oil in a small skillet, add the nectarine flesh, the balsamic vinegar, pepper flakes, cumin seeds and 1 Tbsp lime juice.’
    • ‘Take three ripe nectarines, pit, then purée with 2 tablespoons kirsch or 2 tablespoons lemon juice.’
    • ‘Price recalls she asked for two bananas, four peaches, a nectarine, a cucumber and a garden salad with ranch dressing. ‘But she never touched a thing.’’
    • ‘I picked up some fruits on my way home, so I now have at my disposal apricots, peaches, nectarines, lychee fruit, a mango, and assorted berries.’
    • ‘The ones that I make later in the year will have plums, blackberries and peaches and nectarines in them.’
    • ‘White nectarines and peaches are fine, but the yellow nectarine is really something else - smooth-skinned and warmly sweet and the color of sunshine.’
    • ‘A touch of sweetness, plus enticing flavors of jasmine, nectarine, and grapefruit.’
    • ‘Stonefruit sector spokesman Brian Fulford said some varieties of early peaches and nectarines were in flower but the fruit was not yet set so little damage was expected.’
    • ‘The arrival of cherries means the dreariness of winter is definitely over, and I can finally look forward to a long, delicious summer of fresh apricots, raspberries, nectarines, peaches, and plums.’
    • ‘Trip to the big fruit and veg shop to stock up on such great stuff as watermelon, basil pesto, nectarines, MORE interesting cheese, jam tomatoes, wonderful olives etc.’
    1. 1.1 The tree bearing the nectarine.
      • ‘Sour cherries, peaches and nectarines produce fruit from a single tree since they self-pollinate.’
      • ‘At Comebella she planted orchards - oranges, lemons, apples, nectarines, peaches; and a great luscious garden of trees and flowers enclosed the farmhouse.’
      • ‘More than 50 varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots and low-chill plums grew in Sam's orchard, but many were recently lost to floods.’
      • ‘We have now planted peaches, persimmons, nectarines, avocados, passionfruit, figs and zizyphus.’
      • ‘A tub of bulbs (I can't remember whether they're the snowdrops or the tulips) are pushing through; the nectarine in the sun room is growing leaves and flower buds and the blueberries outside are also budding.’
      • ‘Apricots, nectarines and peaches, for instance, will not survive winters in regions where minimum temperatures regularly drop below - 15 F.’


Early 17th century (also used as an adjective meaning ‘nectar-like’): from nectar + -ine.