lemon

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English[edit]

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A whole and a cut lemon.
A lemon tree.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lymon, from Old French lymon (citrus), from Arabic لَيْمُون(laymūn) or Ottoman Turkish لیمون(limon), from Persian لیمو(limu).[1] Cognate with Sanskrit निम्बू (nimbū, lime).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛmən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛmən

Noun[edit]

lemon (plural lemons)

  1. A yellowish citrus fruit.
  2. A semitropical evergreen tree, Citrus limon, that bears such fruits.
  3. A taste or flavour/flavor of lemons.
  4. A more or less bright shade of yellow associated with lemon fruits.
    lemon flesh colour:  
    lemon rind colour:  
  5. (slang) A defective or inadequate item or individual.
    He didn’t realise until he’d paid for it that the car was a lemon.
    • 1951, Herman Wouk, chapter 20, in The Caine Mutiny, page 243:
      [] the Navy's supposed to give me a ship that goes, and a captain that fights—— That's what all this muck is for, isn't it?”
      “Look, it's an old story by now. We're stuck with a lemon. Misfortune of war. []
  6. (Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from “lemon flavour”) Favor.
    A thousand quid for that motor? Do me a lemon, I could get it for half that.
  7. (fandom slang) A piece of fanfiction involving explicit sex (named after the erotic anime series Cream Lemon[2]).
    • 1997 April 18, Neko, “[Dominion][FanFic][Lemon] A Typical Night at the Station”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[1]:
      I'd really like to know what people think of this and whether I should carry on writing lemons or go and hide under a rock somewhere.
    • 2000 May 30, Ian Blakeman, “[Eva][FanFic][Lemon] A day at Misatos appartment”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[2]:
      WARNING: This story is a lemon and must be viewed with great care. If you are either under the age of 18, think graphic sex is discussing[sic] or you know what my writing is like you should turn away now.
    • 2002 November 10, Goku Girl, “[DBZ][FanFic][Yaoi] Saiya-jin no Suto-ri Ichi (part one)”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[3]:
      This won't be a lemon simply because I can't see myself writing anything like that.

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Adjective[edit]

lemon (comparative more lemon, superlative most lemon)

  1. Containing or having the flavour/flavor and/or scent of lemons.
  2. Of the pale yellow colour/color of lemons.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, from "lemon tart") Smart; cheeky, vocal.
    • 2009, Caitlin Moran, ‘Why I love paying tax’, The Times, 12 Oct 2009:
      Obviously Emin is not the first public figure to get lemon over tax increases.

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Verb[edit]

lemon (third-person singular simple present lemons, present participle lemoning, simple past and past participle lemoned)

  1. (transitive) To flavour with lemon.
    You can start the vegetables cooking while you are lemoning the fish.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ lemon” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ Maria Lindgren Leavenworth & Malin Isaksson, Fanged Fan Fiction: Variations on Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, page 118

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Noun[edit]

lemon

  1. accusative singular of lemo

Welsh[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English lemon.

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Noun[edit]

lemon m (plural lemonau)

  1. lemon