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orange1

Line breaks: or¦ange
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪn(d)ʒ
 
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noun

1A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind: eat plenty of oranges [mass noun]: a slice of orange [as modifier]: orange juice
More example sentences
  • Slice each orange into 5mm rounds, trying to reserve as much juice as you can.
  • There was a tree toward the front, its branches laden with big, bright oranges.
  • When an orange is juiced, fibre and other health-giving elements are left behind.
1.1 [mass noun] chiefly British A drink made from or flavoured with oranges: a vodka and orange
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  • The student's friends thought it was likely that her drink, a vodka and orange, had been spiked either as she was at the bar or as she was walking across the dance floor, as it was a large, open glass.
  • Dyer is putting on an exhibition of running around, sort of like a mini-Pete Sampras lookalike who's drunk too much fizzy orange.
  • Martin found he liked the strange new drink, but Jack wisely made his next drink orange and lemonade.
2 (also orange tree) The leathery-leaved evergreen tree which produces oranges, native to warm regions of south and SE Asia.
  • Genus Citrus, family Rutaceae: several species, in particular the sweet orange (C. sinensis) and the Seville orange
Example sentences
  • Zhaar or orange flower water is an extract of the Bergamot orange tree.
  • Her romantic garden showcases David Austin roses, hydrangeas, camellias, orange trees and numerous perennial and annual plants.
  • They came to a connected room, full of oranges and palm trees.
2.1Used in names of plants with similar fruit or flowers to the orange tree, e.g. mock orange.
3 [mass noun] A bright reddish-yellow colour like that of the skin of a ripe orange: tones of golden brown and orange [count noun]: the most shocking of pinks and oranges
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  • We mean really bright colours like orange, yellow, red, and green.
  • For those wanting something more bright, there are colours like orange, green, and lemon.
  • ‘We are the only school in the country that has orange as its primary colour,’ director of athletics Jake Crouthamel outlined.
4 [with modifier] A butterfly with mainly or partly orange wings.
  • Several species in the family Pieridae, in particular American species in the genera Colias and Eurema

adjective

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Reddish yellow: an orange glow in the sky
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  • Its creamy yellow to deep orange flowers glow like sunshine even on the darkest day until the frost finally kills them at the end of the year.
  • The city was gorgeous during the fall, the yellow and orange leaves really giving the streets a special glow.
  • Yellow or orange flame means one is wasting gas.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French orenge (in the phrase pomme d'orenge), based on Arabic nāranj, from Persian nārang.

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  • The name of the orange, first recorded in English in medieval times, goes back through Arabic to Persian, although the native home of the fruit may have been southeast Asia. The Arabs brought what we now call the Seville orange, or bitter orange, to Sicily in the Middle Ages, and from Sicily it was introduced to the rest of Europe. In the 16th century the Portuguese brought the sweet orange from China, and gave us the fruit which we now know simply as the orange, at first distinguished as a China orange. The children's game of oranges and lemons is recorded from the early 19th century but is probably a lot older. The song lists the bells of a number of London churches, beginning with St Clement's, and the final line runs ‘Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.’ This has led to the theory that the song looks back to the days of public executions, when the condemned person was taken in procession to execution while the church bells were tolled. There may also be an association with the marriages of King Henry VIII, and the beheading of two of his wives. The Orangemen of Northern Ireland are members or supporters of the Orange Order, a Protestant political society in favour of continued union with Britain. Their name comes from the wearing of orange badges as a symbol of adherence to King William III, who defeated the Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. William was also known as William of Orange, a town in southern France which was the home of the ancestors of the Dutch royal house.

Derivatives

orangey

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(also orangy) adjective
Example sentences
  • In Mary Dolman's two works, the orangy red fox lopes through a snowy scene with the sky above repeating the colour of the fox.
  • Mars becomes a lot more orangy, but I can't make out any particular shape, not without a tripod or something, anyway.
  • ‘For lips, there is a shift towards orangey reds or corals,’ says Molloy.

orangish

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adjective
Example sentences
  • By this time, the furniture is all covered with a light film of orangish dirt, the windows are grimy, and the garden, driveway and trees all look like they have recently emerged from a sea of dust.
  • Most of the nodules, when cut with a diamond saw, were translucent to opaque and whitish-gray, but some had a reddish to orangish tint.
  • It occurs as dark brown, red-brown, yellow-brown, orangish, and amber crystals.

Words that rhyme with orange

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Line breaks: Or¦ange
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪndʒ
 
, ɔʀɑ̃ʒ/
A town in southern France, on the Rhône, home of the ancestors of the Dutch royal house. See Orange, House of.

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Line breaks: Or¦ange
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪn(d)ʒ
 
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adjective

Relating to the Orange Order: Orange marches
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  • When the security services blocked the Orange march, confrontation and rioting ensued.
  • Yet the Orange state in Northern Ireland was by its very definition never democratic.
  • A ruling is also due on the proposed Orange march at Drumcree next Sunday.

Derivatives

Orangeism

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noun
Example sentences
  • The defeat of hardline Orangeism and Unionism over the parades issue has added to the disillusionment, anger and the sense of bewilderment within a section of the Protestant community.
  • That includes the academic sympathisers with Orangeism.
  • The truth is, Orangeism is dying a slow and convoluted death.

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