Definition of tangerine in US English:



  • 1A small citrus fruit with a loose skin, especially one of a variety with deep orange-red skin.

    • ‘Etiquette dictates you bring a bag or oranges and tangerines - symbols for abundant happiness - when you visit family and friends.’
    • ‘He gave me a look that seemed to communicate hostility since he was busy unloading tangerines.’
    • ‘Even the bill seems edible: it arrives laid out on a teak tray, meticulously hand-written on feathery rice paper, accompanied by two perfect tangerines.’
    • ‘Do you know those plastic string mesh bags they use to pack oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in?’
    • ‘We exchanged Istanbul stories over his tangerines and agreed to grab dinner together later.’
    • ‘I've got two tangerines, a baguette cut in two, and a bottle of water in my side-bag.’
    • ‘To prepare the tangerines, gently peel away the thin outer skin that surrounds each segment with the point of a small knife.’
    • ‘Grapes, raspberries, strawberries and tangerines were the easiest, no matter how carefully you peel them, oranges tend to cover everything on your desk in fine sticky spray.’
    • ‘Squeeze the juice from all nine of the tangerines.’
    • ‘Adjaria was one of few places in the former Soviet Union whose climate allowed the growth of tangerines, kiwis, and other tropical fruits.’
    • ‘Yes, those are tangerines, and they taste rather good.’
    • ‘In a small bowl, place two tangerine segments and one blood orange segment.’
    • ‘Arrange the lemon, tangerine, and blood orange segments on top and around the mousse cake.’
    • ‘Using a sharp potato peeler, remove the zest from three tangerines.’
    • ‘Another phytochemical, betacryptoxanthin, is found in orange juice, tangerines, papayas, peaches and mangoes.’
    • ‘The Clementine orange is a type of mandarin orange, a tangerine, that has become more popular than the Satsuma orange.’
    • ‘The tangerines and clementines are still going down well.’
    • ‘Oranges and tangerines grow in the hilly regions of Nepal; mangoes in the Terai, the plain in the south of the country.’
    • ‘Pristine glass tea pots show off interesting ingredients, such as fresh ginger and dried tangerines.’
    • ‘Most other citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, citrons, naturally sweet oranges and tangerines are considered safe.’
    1. 1.1 A deep orange-red color.
      • ‘A lovely morning for football, the men in tangerine had to play the whole second period of the game with only ten players.’
      • ‘Blossoms are vibrant in bouquets too, especially when they're mixed in shades of deep orange-red, tangerine, and peach.’
      • ‘The horizon was darkening, now; a blue, red, purple, and orange mixing precariously around the tangerine clouds littering the sky.’
      • ‘And I noticed yesterday while in town that they have tables and chairs in that exact tangerine tone.’
      • ‘He was given a well-deserved rapturous round of applause at the start of what would be his last game in tangerine.’
      • ‘Their childish concerns and pleasures play out in a world of radiant heat and crisp shadows, tangerine sunsets and brilliant blue waves splashing against the Malecon.’
      • ‘The restaurant area is aglow with vibrant shades of turquoise and tangerine, while huge candles drip waxen stalactites down one wall.’
      • ‘He viewed it as if etched into the vigor of late August trees and the tangerine sunsets that became so common and came so soon as the fall winds approached.’
      • ‘Her tangerine-colored gown went down to the floor and had a slit on the side that went up to her thighs.’
      • ‘The three of them got up and went into the dining room, a bright pink mixed with tangerine orange.’
      • ‘But it is Broome's legendary sunsets which we will never forget: blazing tangerine and crimson over the Indian ocean, shared with a train of haughty camels on the town's famous Cable Beach.’
      • ‘The restaurant boasts a strange mix of food-court style seating and a steam table surrounded by nearly sophisticated dark tangerine walls, decorated with a smattering of pictures depicting life in India.’
      • ‘Now there is no denying some people don't suit certain colours ever, and in fairness some colours don't suit people ever viz. tangerine (but that is another story) so be careful.’
      • ‘They're wearing tangerine, we're wearing dark blue.’
      • ‘The art students brought their acid colour combinations, their lilacs, tangerines and lime greens from abstract painting.’
      • ‘She glides into the room - immaculately attired in pink and grey, one long earring dangling like a silver icicle from her right ear, tangerine hair tumbling halfway down her back - and curls up on the sofa.’
      • ‘I wanted to pop him in my pocket and take him home with me - he would, I think, look an absolute dear with a crew-cut, perhaps in shorts and a tight-fitting polo neck in mauve or tangerine.’
      • ‘But they encountered a parade of overpriced dumps with filthy carpets and features such as tangerine linoleum and avocado appliances.’
      • ‘A train of skylights with tangerine wells sprays color into an otherwise routine hallway.’
      • ‘This spring and summer, white and cream colour schemes are accessorised with fruity colours such as tangerine, pink and lime green.’
  • 2The citrus tree which bears the tangerine.

    Citrus reticulata, family Rutaceae

    • ‘The court heard that an employee who was on the estate at 6 pm on February 6, 2004, noticed a tangerine tree shaking.’
    • ‘Is liquid coppercide safe for my tangerine tree?’
    • ‘But he always came to visit us on his birthday, which was on New Year's Eve, and each time he would ask to see his tangerine tree.’
    • ‘In his kitchen – a tangerine tree and redolent jasmine that he planted just outside – he seems a little sad, beaten.’
    • ‘In Malawi, 28 isofemale lines were established from tangerines and oranges in Mwanza on July 10.’
    • ‘Cherries, peaches, figs, apples, tangerines, lemons, and limes are among the many types of fruit trees that thrive in containers.’
    • ‘Tangerine trees are more sensitive to cold than some citrus (like lime) and less sensitive than others (like oranges).’
    • ‘The moon was rising, and some mocking-birds in a tangerine tree began to trill sleepily.’


Mid 19th century: from Tanger (former name of Tangier) + -ine. The fruit, exported from Tangier, was originally called the tangerine orange.