Definition of citron in English:

citron

Pronunciation /ˈsitrən/ /ˈsɪtrən/

noun

  • 1A shrubby Asian tree that bears large fruits similar to lemons, but with flesh that is less acid and peels that are thicker and more fragrant.

    Citrus medica, family Rutaceae; one of the ancestors of modern commercial citrus fruits

    1. 1.1The fruit of the citron tree.
      ‘For most of us, the word ‘citrus’ conjures up images of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes - and possibly citrons or blood oranges, if you're a true connoisseur of fruit.’
      • ‘The citron was the first citrus fruit to reach Europe, which is why the whole group of fruits is called after one of its less important members.’
      • ‘Ignoring citron tart and chocolate orange cake, sticky toffee pudding would be just fine but there was none left.’
      • ‘Most other citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, citrons, naturally sweet oranges and tangerines are considered safe.’
      • ‘Fruitcake orange peel is strong and slightly sweet in the nose, as is candied lemon peel and citron.’
      • ‘Its ultra-fresh, delicate fragrance draws on cardamom, citron, geranium and coriander.’
      • ‘In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.’
      • ‘The citron, like the lemon and lime, is native to NE India, where it was used from early times as a perfume and in medicine.’
      • ‘Another treat were these thick slices of candied citron dipped in pure dark chocolate.’
      • ‘It certainly got better the following day though, with the taste of citrons and the herb being more pronounced.’
      • ‘Cardamom seeds and candied citron may be difficult to find; try the local health food store.’
      • ‘It is said that a sailor secretly brought citrons from China hidden inside his wide sleeves on his voyage to Namhae a thousand years ago.’
      • ‘Chop the citron and nuts, if you did not buy them pre-chopped.’

Origin

Early 16th century (denoting the fruit): from French, from Latin citrus ‘citron tree’, on the pattern of limon ‘lemon’.