[klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen]


a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin.

Nearby words

  1. clement xiv,
  2. clemente,
  3. clemente, roberto walker,
  4. clementi,
  5. clementi, muzio,
  6. clementines,
  7. clemently,
  8. clench,
  9. clenched fist sign,
  10. clendinnen

Origin of clementine

< French clémentine (1902), said to be named after a Father Clément, who developed the fruit near Oran; see -ine1


[klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen; French kle-mahn-teen]


a female given name: derived from Clement.
Also Clem·en·ti·na [klem-uh n-tee-nuh] /ˌklɛm ənˈti nə/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clementines


pl n

RC Church an official compilation of decretals named after Clement V and issued in 1317 which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici



a citrus fruit thought to be either a variety of tangerine or a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange

Word Origin for clementine

C20: from French clémentine, perhaps from the female Christian name

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Word Origin and History for clementines
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Culture definitions for clementines


An American folksong (see folk music). Its refrain is:

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling Clementine!
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

(See also forty-niners.)

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