Definition of tangerine in English:


Syllabification: tan·ge·rine
Pronunciation: /ˌtanjəˈrēn


1A small citrus fruit with a loose skin, especially one of a variety with deep orange-red skin.
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  • Oranges and tangerines grow in the hilly regions of Nepal; mangoes in the Terai, the plain in the south of the country.
  • Arrange the lemon, tangerine, and blood orange segments on top and around the mousse cake.
  • Do you know those plastic string mesh bags they use to pack oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in?
1.1A deep orange-red color.
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  • This spring and summer, white and cream colour schemes are accessorised with fruity colours such as tangerine, pink and lime green.
  • Blossoms are vibrant in bouquets too, especially when they're mixed in shades of deep orange-red, tangerine, and peach.
  • 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.
2The citrus tree that bears the tangerine.
  • Citrus reticulata, family Rutaceae
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  • In his kitchen – a tangerine tree and redolent jasmine that he planted just outside – he seems a little sad, beaten.
  • Cherries, peaches, figs, apples, tangerines, lemons, and limes are among the many types of fruit trees that thrive in containers.
  • The court heard that an employee who was on the estate at 6 pm on February 6, 2004, noticed a tangerine tree shaking.


mid 19th century: from Tanger (former name of Tangier) + -ine1. The fruit, exported from Tangier, was originally called the tangerine orange.

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