[ nek-tuh-reen, nek-tuh-reen ]

  1. a variety or mutation of peach having a smooth, downless skin.

Origin of nectarine

First recorded in 1610–20; nectar + -ine1

Words Nearby nectarine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nectarine in a sentence

  • The nectarine is in large favor in Europe and is much more extensively grown than in America.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees | F. A. Waugh
  • Also, the flesh of the nectarine is firmer and has a stronger flavor than that of the peach.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Nina finished a mouthful of nectarine and picked up the books one by one.

    The Title Market | Emily Post
  • Some have a powerful scent that is very near that of a ripe nectarine; of this the best example I know is the old rose Goubault.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
  • Right by the porch, in a lovely southern exposure, was a delicious nectarine.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago | Amanda Millie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for nectarine


/ (ˈnɛktərɪn) /

  1. a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina

  2. the fruit of this tree, which has a smooth skin

Origin of nectarine

C17: apparently from nectar

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