[ si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen ]
/ ˈsɪ trin, -traɪn, -trɪn, sɪˈtrin /


pale-yellow; lemon-colored.


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

Nearby words

  1. citric,
  2. citric acid,
  3. citric acid cycle,
  4. citriculture,
  5. citrin,
  6. citron,
  7. citron melon,
  8. citron wood,
  9. citronalis,
  10. citronella

Origin of citrine

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for citrine


/ (ˈsɪtrɪn) /


a brownish-yellow variety of quartz: a gemstone; false topaz
  1. the yellow colour of a lemon
  2. (as modifier)citrine hair
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Word Origin and History for citrine



lemon-colored, late 14c., from French citrin, from Latin citrus (see citrus). From 1879 as a color name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for citrine


[ sĭ-trēn, sĭtrēn′ ]

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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