Lemon definition

lĕmən
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Having a flavor more or less like that of lemons.
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Made with or from lemons.
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Any of various shades of yellow.
  • Pale yellow.
  • Bright yellow.
  • Greenish yellow.
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Lemon yellow.
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A small, egg-shaped, edible citrus fruit with a yellow rind and a juicy, sour pulp, rich in ascorbic acid.
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(informal) One that is unsatisfactory or defective.

Their new car turned out to be a lemon.

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A spiny evergreen tree (Citrus limon) native to Asia, widely cultivated for its oval yellow fruit.
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The fruit of this tree, having an aromatic rind and juicy, acid pulp.
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Lemon-yellow.
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Made from lemons.
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Tasting or smelling like lemons.
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Something, esp. a manufactured article, that is defective or imperfect.
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An inadequate person.
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A used car that develops numerous mechanical problems shortly after being purchased. Some states have lemon laws to protect consumers from these and other similar purchases.
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An investment that performs poorly.
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A surname​.
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The small, spiny, semitropical evergreen citrus tree (Citrus limon) bearing this fruit.
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Having the color of a lemon; pale to bright yellow.
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The definition of a lemon is a yellow color, a small and yellow egg-shaped citrus fruit, or is slang for a poorly-made article that is defective.

An example of lemon as a color is a yellow flower.

An example of a lemon is the source of the citrus juice in a gin fizz cocktail.

An example of lemon is a car that never runs correctly even after being fixed repeatedly.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lemon
Plural:
lemons

Origin of lemon

  • Middle English limon from Old French from Old Italian limone from Arabic laymūn ultimately from alteration (probably influenced by an Andalusian Romance augmentative suffix akin to Spanish -ón) of Persian līmū lemon, any of various citrus fruits lime

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition