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Definition of "lemon" []

  • A spiny, Asian evergreen tree (Citrus limon) widely cultivated for its yellow, egg-shaped fruit. (noun)
  • The fruit of this tree, having a yellow aromatic rind and juicy, acid pulp. (noun)
  • Lemon yellow. (noun)
  • Informal One that is unsatisfactory or defective: Their new car turned out to be a lemon. (noun)
  • Lemon-yellow. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lemon" in a sentence
  • "For the tapenade aïoli• ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped• 1 tablespoon capers, drained• 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped• Zest of 1 lemon• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice• 1 teaspoon honey• ½ cup prepared mayonnaise• Salt and freshly ground black pepper"
  • "Some sponges were soaked in lemon juice, something that actually worked because lemon is a mild spermicide."
  • "The most common use of the term "lemon" is when it is applied to low-quality cars offered for sale in a used car market."