Definition of citrine in English:


(also citrine quartz)


  • 1A glassy yellow variety of quartz.

    Also called false topaz
    • ‘You will need a solar stone, such as citrine, yellow topaz, carnelian or yellow tiger's eye.’
    • ‘The next few pockets yielded only dark blue apatite and clear to smoky to pale citrine quartz.’
    • ‘I've seen earrings, necklaces, and rings with all sorts of gems including amethyst, citrine, blue topaz, and garnet.’
    • ‘Before nightfall, the group had seen amethyst, citrine, imperial topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and even alexandrite.’
    • ‘We got to know several of them by name, and they started to realize that we didn't want to see any more low-grade amethyst and citrine.’
    1. 1.1 A light greenish-yellow.
      • ‘Waves of applause greeted a cinched blue silk jacket with a shawl collar scattered with silver embroidery, worn over a citrine skirt in mille-feuille layers of stiff organdie.’
      • ‘Below them a sumptuous overspill of nasturtiums distends from the orange blazon of their open flowers, and then from the horned bright outbursts of their incipient bloom, to the citrine pallor of their unfolding buds.’
      • ‘From verdant wallpaper murals to heaving citrine bodices, the imported hues of conquered cultures saturate.’


Late Middle English: from Old French citrin ‘lemon-colored’, from medieval Latin citrinus, from Latin citrus ‘citron tree’.