[si-truh n]
  1. a pale-yellow fruit resembling the lemon but larger and with thicker rind, borne by a small tree or large bush, Citrus medica, allied to the lemon and lime.
  2. the tree itself.
  3. the rind of the fruit, candied and preserved.
  4. a grayish-green yellow color.
  5. citron melon.
  1. having the color citron.

Origin of citron

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Italian citrone < Latin citr(us) citrus + Italian -one augmentative suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of citron

  • Early Jews suggested it was a fig, pomegranate, citron, or even tomato.

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Historical Examples of citron

British Dictionary definitions for citron


  1. a small Asian rutaceous tree, Citrus medica, having lemon-like fruit with a thick aromatic rindSee also citron wood
  2. the fruit of this tree
  3. Also called: citron melon a variety of watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris citroides, that has an inedible fruit with a hard rind
  4. the rind of either of these fruits, candied and used for decoration and flavouring of foods
  5. a greenish-yellow colour

Word Origin for citron

C16: from Old French, from Old Provençal, from Latin citrus citrus tree
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Word Origin and History for citron

late 14c., also citrine (early 15c.), from Old French citron "citron, lemon" (14c.), possibly from Old Provençal citron, from Latin citrus and influenced by lemon; or else from augmentative of Latin *citrum, related to citrus "citron tree," citreum (malum) "citron" (see citrus).

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