• WordNet 3.6
    • adj orange of the color between red and yellow; similar to the color of a ripe orange
    • n orange orange color or pigment; any of a range of colors between red and yellow
    • n orange round yellow to orange fruit of any of several citrus trees
    • n Orange a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean
    • n orange any citrus tree bearing oranges
    • n orange any pigment producing the orange color
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Oranges and Lemons music Oranges and Lemons music
Osage Orange Osage Orange
A sailor tries to stop the orang-outang hiding in the ship's rigging A sailor tries to stop the orang-outang hiding in the ship's rigging

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After being picked an orange cannot ripen
    • a orange Of or pertaining to an orange; of the color of an orange; reddish yellow; as, an orange ribbon .
    • Orange The color of an orange; reddish yellow.
    • Orange The fruit of a tree of the genus Citrus Citrus Aurantium). It is usually round, and consists of pulpy carpels, commonly ten in number, inclosed in a leathery rind, which is easily separable, and is reddish yellow when ripe.
    • Orange (Bot) The tree that bears oranges; the orange tree.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brazil produces the most oranges in the world
    • n orange The fruit of the orange-tree, a large globose berry of eight or ten membranous cells, each containing several seeds which are packed in a pulp of fusiform vesicles, distended with an acidulous refreshing juice. There are three principal varieties of the orange — the sweet or China orange, Citrus Aurantium proper, including the ordinary market sorts; the bitter or Seville orange or bigarade, variety Bigaradia, used for making marmalade, its peel being specially valued; and the bergamot orange, variety Bergamia, classed by some, however, as a variety of Citrus Medica (see bergamot, 1).
    • n orange A rather low branching evergreen fruit-tree, Citrus Aurantium, with greenish-brown bark, elliptical or ovate coriaceous leaves, the petiole often winged, and fragrant white flowers. It is long-lived and extremely prolific. When no longer fruitful, its hard, fine-grained, yellowish wood is valued for inlaid work and fine turnery. Its flowers are prized when fresh (see orange-blossoms), and (chiefly those of the bitter orange) yield neroli-oil and orange-water. The varieties of the orange are very numerous, distinguished most obviously by their fruit. Its origin is referred to India, whence it spread to western Asia, thence reaching Spain and Italy, through the agency of the Moors and the crusaders, between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. It is now cultivated in nearly all tropical and subtropical lands, including China and Japan, the whole Mediterranean basin, the West Indies, and the southern borders of the United States, having, indeed, become thoroughly wild in Florida.
    • n orange A reddish-yellow color, of which the orange is the type.
    • n orange In heraldry, a roundel tenné. See roundel.
    • n orange The Carolina cherry-laurel, Prunus Caroliniana. It is a small tree with glossy coriaceous leaves, wild and cultivated for ornament in the southern United States. Its foliage, bark, and fruit contain prussic acid, and the leaves are often fatal to animals browsing upon them. Also called mock-orange and wild peach.
    • n orange See toothache-tree.
    • orange Of or belonging to an orange; specifically, being of the reddish-yellow color of the orange.
    • orange Of or pertaining to the principality of Orange in France, or the line of princes named from it: often with special reference to William III. of England, Prince of Orange, who was regarded as the champion of Protestantism against Louis XIV. on the continent, and against James II. in Ireland.
    • orange Of or pertaining to the Society of Orangemen, or Orangeism: as, an Orange lodge; an Orange emblem. See Orangeman.
    • n orange A mordant acid coal-tar color of the monoazo type prepared by combining diazotized para-nitraniline with salicylic acid. Also called alizarin yellow R.
    • n orange Same as orange T.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Oranges, lemons, watermelons, and tomatoes are berries.
    • n Orange or′anj a delightful gold-coloured fruit with a thick, rough skin, within which are usually from eight to ten juicy divisions: the tree on which it grows: a colour composed of red and yellow
    • adj Orange pertaining to an orange: orange-coloured
    • n Orange the colour itself
    • ***


  • Wayne Dyer
    “When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out -- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
  • Jacques Prevert
    Jacques Prevert
    “An orange on the table, your dress on the rug, and you in my bed, sweet present of the present, cool of night, warmth of my life.”
  • Benny Green
    Benny Green
    “A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”


Apples and oranges - 'Apples and oranges' used when people compare or describe two totally different things. ('Apples to oranges' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F.; cf. It. arancia, arancio, LL. arangia, Sp. naranjia, Pg. laranja,; all fr. Ar. nāranj, Per. nāranj, nārang,; cf. Skr. nāranga, orange tree. The o-, in F. orange, is due to confusion with or, gold, L. aurum, because the orange resembles gold in color


In literature:

But no sooner had he entered a valley that led along the road to Orange than he saw a fresh body of Pagans blocking one end.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
This Princess of Orange was very beautiful, young, in the enjoyment of vast possessions, and a widow.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Orange tried to obtain this result.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Near here there are numerous orange groves lying in the shelter of the kopjes.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
On one side was Philip II., on the other William of Orange.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
The small dinner which he had carefully arranged for Orange and Castrillon took place, but Orange was not present.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
It follows, then, that in weaving rugs (which must be washable) with orange warp, the warp must be steeped in warm water before using.
"How to make rugs" by Candace Wheeler
A little orange peel stewed with the apples, gives them a fine flavor.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Orange Park, Fla., 50.25.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
Orange jelly and whipped cream.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

Tiniest of turtles!
Your shining back
Is a shell of orange
With spots of black.
"The Ladybird" by Clive Sansom
Clouds weaken
& die.
The sun, an orange skull,
whispers quietly, becomes an
island, & is gone.
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
Where the yellow globes of the orange grow
In the southern fields-that slope to the sun,—
Oh say, have my brothers met the foe,—
Has another Shiloh been lost or won?
"In War Time" by Kate Seymour Maclean
It snows; the drifting crystals, pure and white,
Now gambol wildly in the ambient air,
Like orange blossoms on a summer's night,
When tossed by zephyrs, and strewn everywhere.
"The Snow Storm" by George Hannibal Temple
When the South had voice of a nightingale
Above a Maying bower,
On the heights of Love walked radiant peers;
The bird of the passion sang over his tears
To the breeze and the orange-flower.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
When Philip saw the infant crave,
He straightway to the mother gave
His quartered orange; nor would stay
To hear her thanks, but tripped away.
Then to the next clear spring he ran
To quench his drought, a happy man!
"The Orange" by Charles Lamb

In news:

WE'RE TUBULAR Orange County, which made it onto the big screen last year with the motion picture Orange County, comes to a small screen near you soon in the Fox television series The O.C.
WEST ORANGE — The West Orange Police Department responded to the following calls from Nov 4.
ORANGE — A woman walking down the middle of the road at 3:25 am Wednesday at the 900 block of Curtis caused a city of Orange police officer to stop the woman.
Sour oranges, naranja agria, which look like oranges but taste like tart limes, are used in this Steven Raichlen recipe.
MIDDLETOWN, NY — SUNY Orange's Apprentice Players will perform "WASP" and "4.48 Psychosis ," a pair of one-act plays, at the Orange Hall Theatre for the weekends of November 2-4 and 9-11 on the college's Middletown campus.
Editorial: No one Orange Measure FF city, ridgeline , orange, open, jmi, plan, space, general, acres, project.
Senecio 'Orange Crown' by GroLink 'Orange Crown' has bright orange flowers that turn red with time.
A high school Spanish teacher has been sentenced to four years in state prison after being convicted of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Orange High School student, whom he would meet in an Orange riverbed for sex.
An OC Weekly editor who has since gone on to bigger and better things once wrote of a drinking game wherein any time the words "Orange County" were uttered on the late, not-so-great Orange County News Channel, players had to take a swig.
Enlarge Brian Kelly Hundreds of runners came out to the Orange Beach Sportsplex for the Kaiser Realty Half-Marathon in Orange Beach on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County deputies arrested two people Wednesday morning in connection with five armed robberies within two hours.
Miss City of Orange 2012 contestant Rachel Olson intorduces herself to audience members and judges as Miss City of Orange 2011 Megan Wisler looks on.
Phyllis Mack Horton said a new Orange High School principal would be the school’s fifth in six years, a point not lost on Bryant Colson, father of former and current Orange High students.
Kam Wah Buffet located at 150 Strickland in Orange, receives repeat visits from the Orange County Health Inspector .

In science:

The greater part of the parameter space does not have radiative electroweak symmetry breaking as indicated by the tachyonic Higgs scalars (orange, cyan, and green regions) and is thus ruled out.
Four Generations: SUSY and SUSY Breaking
The pink, red and orange symbols show data at lower redshifts.
The Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey: nine new quasars and the luminosity function at redshift 6
The orange squares joined by a line are from the evolving β model fit to the SDSS by Richards et al. (2006) from z = 2.5 (right) to z = 4.5 (left).
The Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey: nine new quasars and the luminosity function at redshift 6
At 1800 UTC, the image product showed a large area with steep boundary layer lapse rates (orange shading), greater than 8.5 K/km, over central and northeastern Maryland.
A New Graphical Microburst Guidance Product
Only clusters surviving with a mixture (symbolized by the orange line in Fig. 6) can contribute to the three-point function if they merge with the cluster generated by the distant point.
Equal-time correlation function for directed percolation