- a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin.
Origin of clementine
- a female given name: derived from Clement.
Examples from the Web for clementine
Clementine Creevy is shown with her blond rocker locks swaying across her face.The Dark Rock Star Fantasy of Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane
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Desi, who we know is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Clementine, passionately kisses her.The Excellent Season 3 Finale of ‘Girls’ Caps Off Its Best Season Yet
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As if they had laid a plot to vex and annoy me, Clementine had made room for him.
Clementine is rather too romantic; she will get over it, however; she is young yet.
Zenobia took upon herself to say that the first was for Clementine.
This was too much; and I cursed the abbe and Clementine, too.
I asked Clementine if she had the courage to grant me a similar favour.
- a citrus fruit thought to be either a variety of tangerine or a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange
Word Origin and History for clementine
"cross between tangerine and sour orange," 1926, from French clémentine (1902). Originally an accidental hybrid said to have been discovered by (and named for) Father Clement Rodier in the garden of his orphanage in Misserghin, near Oran, Algeria. Introduced into U.S. and grown at Citrus Research Center in Riverside, Calif., as early as 1909.
1705, in reference to various popes who took the name Clement (see clement (adj.)), especially of the edition of the Vulgate issued due to Pope Clement V (1309-14).
fem. proper name, from fem. of Clement (see clement (adj.)).