Definition of lemon in US English:

lemon

noun

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

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

    Citrus limon, family Rutaceae

    • ‘Bart and his friends march on Shelbyville when Springfield's lemon tree is stolen by a gang of children from across the border.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lemon tree was an entirely different matter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And to mark that sweet moment, our people planted this lemon tree.’
    • ‘She loved the high ceilings and large windows, the stone facade, and the walled garden, where a lemon tree grew.’
    • ‘Also there were cornfields, grapevines, lemon trees, stands of bamboo, and forests of cactus.’
    • ‘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 didn't bear fruit, so he tied lemons to the branches.’
    • ‘The room was silent once more, except for Bart and Milhouse discussing a lemon tree on the television.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I keep raving about our magical lemon tree but I keep forgetting to bring any of its produce to her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a lemon tree just outside our kitchen window that delivers an abundance of big juicy fruit twice a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try 6 acres of gardens with olive trees, lemon trees and chestnut trees.’
    • ‘One is across the pool, next to the lemon tree that looks out over the canyon.’
  • 3A pale yellow color.

    ‘a lemon T-shirt’
    as modifier ‘lemon yellow’
    • ‘Spurred blossoms come in shades of pumpkin, peachy rose, gold, ruby, and pale lemon.’
    • ‘A houndstooth wool anchored the season, with touches of dusty rose and pale lemon.’
    • ‘From cream to beige to peach and lemon yellow, the range comes in several colours apart from the new shade mint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other fruit colours such as spearmint, lemon and blue are also popular.’
    • ‘The colours in this series are lime green, sky blue, white, lemon yellow, black and flame orange.’
    • ‘For those wanting something more bright, there are colours like orange, green, and lemon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are 47 standard colours ranging from lemon and saffron to silver, olive and denim.’
    • ‘They bloom in a range of colors from bright lemon yellow to a deep golden color, and there is also a lovely pink variety.’
    • ‘The first single bedroom overlooks the front of the property and is decorated in pale lemon with laminate wood floors and fitted wardrobes.’
    • ‘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 decor is sunny, with a lemon and terracotta colour scheme, which Jan says makes people feel like they are on holiday.’
    • ‘Behind glazed double doors, the family room is decorated in pale lemon and floored in solid oak.’
    • ‘The bridesmaids were Sharon Power, Rachel Lenihan and Fiona O'Loughlin and they wore dresses with gold brocade bodice and lemon skirt.’
    • ‘Before she could get the chance to protest, he pulled her outside and pulled out the folded lemon yellow paper.’
    • ‘It's an Australian plant naturalised in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold.’
    • ‘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 A person or thing, especially an automobile, regarded as unsatisfactory, disappointing, or feeble.

    • ‘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

/ˈlemən//ˈlɛmən/