Main definitions of orange in English

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orange1

noun

  • 1A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind:

    ‘eat plenty of oranges’
    [mass noun] ‘a slice of orange’
    [as modifier] ‘orange juice’
    • ‘We walked from her back gate down the gravel path through the village center, where a lush community citrus orchard offered oranges and grapefruits.’
    • ‘A little further down the coast we admire the rickety wooden fishermen's huts when a man in his seventies eating an orange starts chatting.’
    • ‘Slice each orange into 5mm rounds, trying to reserve as much juice as you can.’
    • ‘Today being the feast day of St Clement, the fourth pope and patron saint of mariners and ironmongers, I have put oranges and lemons to good use in my mother's recipe for a whisky marmalade.’
    • ‘These days, juicy, delicious oranges are practically synonymous with vitamin C.’
    • ‘This category included lemons, oranges, mandarins, tangelos, and grapefruits, with lemons being the most common type.’
    • ‘When an orange is juiced, fibre and other health-giving elements are left behind.’
    • ‘For the last 20 years I've had the juice of four oranges for breakfast, using a classic manual squeezer, which I drink with toast and a cup of tea.’
    • ‘Squeeze the juice from all the oranges and the lime in with it and stir.’
    • ‘There was a tree toward the front, its branches laden with big, bright oranges.’
    • ‘All in all, however, citrus covers the largest tonnage if you include oranges, grapefruit, lemons and smaller varietals such as naartjies.’
    • ‘In fact the grapefruit is simply a hybrid between a pomelo and an orange.’
    • ‘Try also the top of a carrot, half an apple, half a green pepper (remove the seeds) and half an orange (not too juicy).’
    • ‘On another day they would have been dead and buried by the time the oranges were passed round.’
    • ‘The half-time whistle sounded and traditional sliced oranges were brought round on trays for fans wilting from the sticky heat.’
    • ‘Cut the peel from the orange, slice the flesh thinly and serve at the side of each slice of cake.’
    • ‘After turning it over, I then squeezed the juice of half each of an orange, lime and lemon on it.’
    • ‘Dried beans and legumes, oranges and orange juice, peanuts and leafy green vegetables all contain folate.’
    • ‘The Maschio Prime Arance, made from the juice and pulp of Italian oranges, is like biting into an orange with a kick.’
    • ‘Grate the rind from the two large oranges and squeeze out the juice.’
    1. 1.1British [mass noun] A drink made from or flavoured with oranges:
      ‘a vodka and orange’
      • ‘Five minutes later he took off his hat, pulled a comb out of his pocket, dipped it in a glass of vodka and orange on the table, stood up and then combed his hair in the mirror over the fireplace.’
      • ‘Anyway it has been a hard drive there and back and I have a vodka and orange getting warm.’
      • ‘‘A passenger asked one trainee steward for a screwdriver - you know, vodka and orange,’ Duggal relates.’
      • ‘Martin found he liked the strange new drink, but Jack wisely made his next drink orange and lemonade.’
      • ‘Is it too late for a vodka and orange?’
      • ‘In July she had spent the evening at a nearby pub when she had had several pints and a glass of vodka and orange.’
      • ‘As I gulped down my pint of Bud, Tony washed down a pack of dry roasted with a diet coke and Debbie sipped at her vodka and orange.’
      • ‘The danger lies in alcopops, which are flavoured with things like cranberry or orange to disguise the taste of vodka.’
      • ‘Dyer is putting on an exhibition of running around, sort of like a mini-Pete Sampras lookalike who's drunk too much fizzy orange.’
      • ‘While all eyes were on the news channel, I was just happy to watch her move gracefully around the pub sipping her Vodka and orange.’
      • ‘It was at this time that Crete made a run for the bar to claim his fifth vodka and orange.’
      • ‘The student's friends thought it was likely that her drink, a vodka and orange, had been spiked either as she was at the bar or as she was walking across the dance floor, as it was a large, open glass.’
      • ‘But before driving home from work, what harm could a quick pint, small glass of wine or harmless vodka and orange with a colleague cause?’
      • ‘‘Until now, it has not been possible, for example, to market a drink containing both orange and cream,’ said Muir.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a vodka and orange, tequila or gin and tonic can all be had for a reasonable Rp 35,000.’
      • ‘After my second double vodka and orange in 15 minutes, I'm beginning to feel it.’
      • ‘Vodka and orange seemed more Norwood's type of drink.’
  • 2The leathery-leaved evergreen tree which produces oranges, native to warm regions of south and SE Asia.

    • ‘Terracotta pots overflow with cactuses and red, pink and purple flowers, above which spread expansive palms and orange and lemon trees.’
    • ‘Zhaar or orange flower water is an extract of the Bergamot orange tree.’
    • ‘They came to a connected room, full of oranges and palm trees.’
    • ‘The view from the wooden deck is a mesh of banana, mango, orange, and momonchino trees.’
    • ‘Wheat, grapevines, almonds, olives, and oranges were planted from the beginning.’
    • ‘My neighbor politely said, ‘Uh, are you referring to the orange trees we have in our yards?’’
    • ‘Morocco's plains are cultivated with a variety of crops, such as oranges, figs, olives, almonds, barley, and wheat.’
    • ‘Everywhere you turn there are almond, fig, lemon and orange trees and olive groves.’
    • ‘Her romantic garden showcases David Austin roses, hydrangeas, camellias, orange trees and numerous perennial and annual plants.’
    • ‘I do know that the soil they throw up has a lovely crumbly texture; it can be mixed with potting compost to make a heavier compost ideal for permanent pot plantings like bay trees, figs and oranges.’
    • ‘Lo and behold, our backyard came with an orange tree and a Meyer lemon tree.’
    • ‘Everything green is inside, so this is the image I've still got about my childhood in Morocco; just the houses with the orange trees, olive trees and the palm trees which were introduced from the south up to the city of Fez.’
    • ‘When he did end up in the right place, he could go and look from his windows to see orange trees, oleanders and a jacaranda across the lawns and below.’
    • ‘I played with my brothers and sisters in a sprawling garden full of orange and lemon trees.’
    • ‘Now the ancient passes have opened up and tourism, as well as the fertile land that supports oranges and avocados, is bringing some wealth to the region.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of plants with similar fruit or flowers to the orange tree, e.g. mock orange.
  • 3[mass noun] A bright reddish-yellow colour like that of the skin of a ripe orange:

    ‘tones of golden brown and orange’
    [count noun] ‘the most shocking of pinks and oranges’
    • ‘Any colors composed of red or green, such as brown, purple or orange, don't look the same as they would to someone who sees all colors.’
    • ‘For those wanting something more bright, there are colours like orange, green, and lemon.’
    • ‘Body colors include bright orange, pink, yellow, dark brown and even black.’
    • ‘Inside the veils, exotic plants with flowers of all colors: bright orange, reds, pinks, and yellows.’
    • ‘Chocolate brown, pink and orange are mixed with succulent berry shades and a field of soft greens.’
    • ‘His penchant for bright colours - orange and yellow are favourites - only add to his reputation for excitement and flamboyance.’
    • ‘We also changed the colors from brown to bright orange, which gives a higher energy feeling.’
    • ‘‘We are the only school in the country that has orange as its primary colour,’ director of athletics Jake Crouthamel outlined.’
    • ‘I like the bright saturated orange of the bottles on the shelf.’
    • ‘Hot pink, vibrant orange, purple, turquoise and green of any shade were the colours of the day, with ladies strutting around like beautiful birds of paradise.’
    • ‘We mean really bright colours like orange, yellow, red, and green.’
    • ‘Organic and earthy colours dominate with burnt orange, rust, sky blue and many shades of green.’
    • ‘Stone arches, shelves of antique bottles, jars and jugs and the colour scheme of orange and terracotta give the place a rustic feel.’
    • ‘The clouds in the sky were bright with pastel colors of red, orange, purple, pink, and blue.’
    • ‘Plants with sunset colours of bright orange and crimson stand out and make an easy target for the eye.’
    • ‘Apart from just red, blue and green, there are various other colours, including orange, purple and yellow.’
    • ‘At times, warm, undulating tones of pale pink, magenta, purple and orange hypnotically pulse through the cylinders.’
    • ‘The sun was near the horizon and the sky was a bright mix of orange, pink, and purple.’
    • ‘They were normal, except that the irises were streaks of red, purple, orange, and pink; like a sunset.’
    • ‘A wide range of colours was used - shades of gold, orange, green, brown and gray.’
  • 4[with modifier] A butterfly with mainly or partly orange wings.

adjective

  • Reddish yellow:

    ‘an orange glow in the sky’
    • ‘Yellow or orange flame means one is wasting gas.’
    • ‘Geoff Sowden, of Haxby, contacted the Evening Press when he noticed the distinctive orange and black butterflies filling his garden every morning.’
    • ‘Its creamy yellow to deep orange flowers glow like sunshine even on the darkest day until the frost finally kills them at the end of the year.’
    • ‘Those once ubiquitous garish yellow and orange ski suits are now quite rare and look dated.’
    • ‘He was wearing a polo shirt with white, red, yellow and orange hoops, the white hoops being thicker than the rest.’
    • ‘He looked down at her light, yellow and orange skirt.’
    • ‘Beta-carotene is a nutrient found in yellow and orange vegetables and fruit that can be converted to vitamin A in the body.’
    • ‘Red, yellow and orange peppers are sweet and less spicy.’
    • ‘Looking resplendent in a raw silk orange dress, 28-year-old Norma O'Donoghue was the unanimous choice of the judges.’
    • ‘His wings were orange and striped with white on the undersides.’
    • ‘Made from bright orange, green or pink wool-covered foam, the seat perches upon thin steel legs.’
    • ‘The city was gorgeous during the fall, the yellow and orange leaves really giving the streets a special glow.’
    • ‘The orange bag had two yellow folders, one black folder with stars and swirls, and one Mickey Mouse folder.’
    • ‘There were sunshine yellow trains, orange trains, blue ones and green.’
    • ‘Its delicate, red, yellow and orange tubular flowers are quite striking but I am not sure how well the plants will grow in our cooler climate.’
    • ‘The roof is a reddish orange color, the walls washed-out gold, and all trimmed in wood a shade or two darker than the roof.’
    • ‘Not sure if I'm going to have to get a bouffant hairstyle and start wearing orange foundation.’
    • ‘The lizard had a skinny red body, with a yellow underside and orange nails.’
    • ‘The very thought of orange skies and yellow sand hurt her head.’
    • ‘The sun was setting in the distance giving the evening an orange and yellow glow.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French orenge (in the phrase pomme d'orenge), based on Arabic nāranj, from Persian nārang.

Pronunciation:

orange

/ˈɒrɪn(d)ʒ/

Main definitions of orange in English

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Orange2

proper noun

  • A town in southern France, on the Rhône, home of the ancestors of the Dutch royal house.

Pronunciation:

Orange

/ˈɒrɪndʒ/

Main definitions of orange in English

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Orange3

adjective

  • Relating to the Orange Order:

    ‘Orange marches’
    • ‘A ruling is also due on the proposed Orange march at Drumcree next Sunday.’
    • ‘Yesterday, at an Orange rally on Glasgow Green, McLellan was singled out for criticism.’
    • ‘North Belfast, in particular, has been simmering since clashes at Orange marches in July.’
    • ‘Trouble also broke out at the Orange parade in the seaside town of Ballycastle on the north Antrim coast.’
    • ‘Acknowledging the Rangers fans, he briefly mimicked an Orange marcher piping on his flute.’
    • ‘Their songs soundtracked the Orange revolution in the country at the end of last year.’
    • ‘When the security services blocked the Orange march, confrontation and rioting ensued.’
    • ‘The opposition to Orange marches was the most significant example of this.’
    • ‘It is time that my church made a serious attempt to understand and to listen to and to love the Orange community in Scotland.’
    • ‘Yet the Orange state in Northern Ireland was by its very definition never democratic.’

Pronunciation:

Orange

/ˈɒrɪn(d)ʒ/