• Orange


    • UK IPA: /ˈɒ.ɹɪndʒ/
    • US enPR: är'ənj, IPA: /ˈɔɹ.əndʒ/, /ˈɑɹ.əndʒ/, /ˈɔɹndʒ/
    • CA IPA: /ˈɔɹndʒ/
    • Homophones: Orange
    • Rhymes: -ɒɹɪndʒ


    Middle English orenge, orange, from Old French pome orenge 'Persian orange', literally 'orange apple', influenced by Old Provencal auranja and calqued from Old Italian melarancio, melarancia, compound of mela 'apple' and (n)arancia 'orange', from Arabic نارنج, from Persian نارنگ, from Sanskrit नारङ्ग (nāraṅga, "orange tree"), from Dravidian (compare Tamil nartankāy, compound of நரந்தம் (narantam, "fragrance") and காய் (kāy, "fruit"); also Telugu నారంగము, Malayalam നാരങ്ങ, Kannada ನಾರಂಗಿ).

    For the color sense, replaced Old English geoluread ("yellow-red"); compare Modern English blue-green.

    Usage notes

    It is commonly believed that “orange” has no rhymes. While there are no commonly used English dictionary words that rhyme exactly with “orange” (“door-hinge” comes close in US pronunciation), the English surname Gorringe is a rhyme, at least in UK pronunciation. See Orange_(word)#Rhyme

    Full definition of orange



    (countable and uncountable; plural oranges)
    1. An evergreen tree of the genus Citrus such as Citrus sinensis.
    2. The fruit of an orange tree; a citrus fruit with a slightly sour flavour.
    3. The colour of a ripe fruit of an orange tree, midway between red and yellow.
    4. Orange juice, or orange coloured and flavoured cordial.



    1. Having the colour of the fruit of an orange tree; yellowred; reddish-yellow.



    1. (transitive) To color orange.
      • 1986, Gilles Deleuze, Cinema: The movement-image, It is this composition which reaches a colourist perfection in Le Bonheur with the complementarity of violet, purple and oranged gold
      • 1987, Harold Keith, Rifles for Watie, Jeff winked his eyes sleepily open and looked out into the cool flush of early morning. The east was oranged over with daybreak.
      • 2009, Suzanne Crowley, The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous, I looked at him through my binoculars, his little lips oranged with Cheeto dust.
    2. (intransitive) To become orange.
      • 2007, Terézia Mora, Day in day out, Cranes in the distance against the background of the slowly oranging sky
      • 2008, Wanda Coleman, It will be followed by a disappearance of the cash I had hidden in a sealed envelope behind the oranging Modigliani print over the living room couch.
      • 2010, Justin Cronin, The Passage, "What about his eyes?"
        "Nothing. No oranging at all, from what I could see.


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