Definition of nectarine in US English:



  • 1A peach of a variety with smooth, thin, brightly colored skin and rich firm flesh.

    • ‘A touch of sweetness, plus enticing flavors of jasmine, nectarine, and grapefruit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White nectarines and peaches are fine, but the yellow nectarine is really something else - smooth-skinned and warmly sweet and the color of sunshine.’
    • ‘The ones that I make later in the year will have plums, blackberries and peaches and nectarines in them.’
    • ‘Take three ripe nectarines, pit, then purée with 2 tablespoons kirsch or 2 tablespoons lemon juice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He loved the way she smelt, like ripe nectarines.’
    • ‘Heat the olive oil in a small skillet, add the nectarine flesh, the balsamic vinegar, pepper flakes, cumin seeds and 1 Tbsp lime juice.’
    • ‘Infestations of grapes are often due to a buildup in other soft fruits such as figs, apricots, peaches, nectarines, or citrus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    1. 1.1 The tree bearing the nectarine.
      • ‘More than 50 varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots and low-chill plums grew in Sam's orchard, but many were recently lost to floods.’
      • ‘Apricots, nectarines and peaches, for instance, will not survive winters in regions where minimum temperatures regularly drop below - 15 F.’
      • ‘Sour cherries, peaches and nectarines produce fruit from a single tree since they self-pollinate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Comebella she planted orchards - oranges, lemons, apples, nectarines, peaches; and a great luscious garden of trees and flowers enclosed the farmhouse.’
      • ‘We have now planted peaches, persimmons, nectarines, avocados, passionfruit, figs and zizyphus.’


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