[ si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen ]

  1. pale-yellow; lemon-colored.

  1. a translucent, yellow variety of quartz, often sold as topaz; false topaz; topaz quartz.

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Origin of citrine

1350–1400; Middle English <Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1

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How to use citrine in a sentence

  • Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.

    Field's Chromatography | George Field
  • The citrine and the plum, however, are approximate contrasts.

    Color Value | C. R. Clifford
  • Slate is made of green and violet, and is thus also related to citrine.

    Color Value | C. R. Clifford
  • The third circle shows how slate, citrine and russet are made.

    Color Value | C. R. Clifford
  • Carron himself flitted about with a lantern like a will o' the wisp whose tremulous flare shot the firelight with pallid citrine.

British Dictionary definitions for citrine


/ (ˈsɪtrɪn) /

  1. a brownish-yellow variety of quartz: a gemstone; false topaz

    • the yellow colour of a lemon

    • (as modifier): citrine hair

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Scientific definitions for citrine


[ sĭ-trēn, sĭtrēn′ ]

  1. A pale-yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz. The coloring is caused by the presence of a small amount of iron in the crystal structure.

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