What does lemon mean?

Definitions for lemon
ˈlɛm ənlemon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lemonnoun

    yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh

  2. gamboge, lemon, lemon yellow, maizenoun

    a strong yellow color

  3. lemon, lemon tree, Citrus limonnoun

    a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit

  4. lemonnoun

    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons

  5. lemon, stinkernoun

    an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory


  1. lemonnoun

    A yellowish citrus fruit.

  2. lemonnoun

    A semitropical evergreen tree that bears such fruits.

  3. lemonnoun

    A taste or flavour/flavor of lemons.

  4. lemonnoun

    A more or less bright shade of yellow associated with lemon fruits.

  5. lemonnoun

    A defective or inadequate item.

    He didn't realise until he'd paid for it that the car was a lemon.

  6. lemonnoun

    favour, favor.

    A thousand quid for that motor? Do me a lemon, I could get it for half that.

  7. lemonnoun

    A piece of fanfiction involving explicit sex.

  8. lemonadjective

    Containing or having the flavour/flavor and/or scent of lemons.

  9. lemonadjective

    Of the pale yellow colour/color of lemons.

  10. Etymology: From lymon, from ليمون or, from لیمو. Cognate with निम्ब.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LEMONnoun

    Etymology: limon, French; limonium, low Latin.

    The juice of lemons is more cooling and astringent than that of oranges. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The dyers use it for dying of bright yellows and lemon colours. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Bear me, Pomona!
    To where the lemon and the piercing lime,
    With the deep orange, glowing through the green,
    Their lighter glories blend. James Thomson, Sermons.

    The lemon tree hath large stiff leaves; the flower consists of many leaves, which expand in form of a rose: the fruit is almost of an oval figure, and divided into several cells, in which are lodged hard seeds, surrounded by a thick fleshy substance, which, for the most part, is full of an acid juice. There are many varieties of this tree, and the fruit is yearly imported from Lisbon in great plenty. Philip Miller.


  1. Lemon

    The lemon (Citrus limon) is a species of small evergreen trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to Asia, primarily Northeast India (Assam), Northern Myanmar or China.The tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The pulp and rind are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, with a pH of around 2.2, giving it a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie.


  1. lemon

    A lemon is a small evergreen tree or its small oval yellow fruit. The tree is native to South Asia primarily from Northeastern India. The fruit's juice, pulp, and peel are used in a variety of ways, such as culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. It is known for its distinctive sour taste and high vitamin C content. In slang terms, a 'lemon' can also refer to a product that is found to be defective after purchase.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lemonnoun

    an oval or roundish fruit resembling the orange, and containing a pulp usually intensely acid. It is produced by a tropical tree of the genus Citrus, the common fruit known in commerce being that of the species C. Limonum or C. Medica (var. Limonum). There are many varieties of the fruit, some of which are sweet

  2. Lemonnoun

    the tree which bears lemons; the lemon tree

  3. Etymology: [F. limon, Per. lmn; cf. Ar. laimn, Sp. limon, It. limone. Cf. Lime a fruit.]


  1. Lemon

    The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lemon

    lem′un, n. an oval fruit resembling the orange, with an acid pulp: the tree that bears lemons.—n. Lemonade′, a drink made of lemon-juice, water, and sugar.—adj. Lem′on-col′oured, having the colour of a ripe lemon.—ns. Lem′on-grass, a fragrant perennial grass, in India, Arabia, &c., yielding an essential oil used in perfumery; Lem′on-squash, unfervescent lemonade; Lem′on-squeez′er, a small hand-press for extracting the juice of lemons; Lem′on-yell′ow, a clear, pale yellow colour. [Fr. limon—Ar. līmūn.]


  1. Lemon

    Lemon Wallet is a digital wallet that helps you spend smarter.The Smarter Wallet from Lemon turns your smartphone into a digital wallet that organizes and stores your IDs, credit cards, loyalty cards, receipts, coupons and more, so you can access what you need more conveniently, and you’re always backed up in case your wallet is lost or stolen.

Editors Contribution

  1. lemon

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed, shrub and tree.

    Lemon juice and rind are used to make marmalade.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2016  

  2. lemon

    A type of fruit.

    Lemons are used worldwide and are an edible food sold in fruit markets around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LEMON

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lemon is ranked #2393 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lemon surname appeared 15,140 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Lemon.

    61.9% or 9,375 total occurrences were White.
    29.5% or 4,480 total occurrences were Black.
    4.8% or 730 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 350 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 111 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 95 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lemon' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4464

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lemon' in Nouns Frequency: #2476

Anagrams for lemon »

  1. melon

  2. monel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lemon in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lemon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of lemon in a Sentence

  1. Don Lemon:

    It's been really, really great. This is the last night that will be ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,’ so, I appreciate all the years of ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.’ But changes are coming. And I will fill you in.

  2. Nancy Morales:

    Everything's going up, i bought a lemon for 48 cents ! Each lemon ! I was like' This is crazy !'.

  3. Alice May Brock:

    Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.

  4. Vincent Van Gogh:

    At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose

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