Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pale yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz.
  • n. A light to moderate olive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A goldish-yellow colour, like that of a lemon.
  • n. A brownish-yellow quartz
  • adj. Of a goldish-yellow colour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a citron or lemon; of a lemon color; greenish yellow.
  • n. A yellow, pellucid variety of quartz.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a lemon-color; yellow or greenish-yellow; specifically, of a color differing from yellow only in its greatly reduced chroma and somewhat reduced luminosity. Also citrean, citrinous.
  • Pertaining to the genus Citrus; having the characters of or resembling the citron, lemon, lime, or orange.
  • n. Citron-color. See extract.
  • n. A yellow pellucid variety of quartz.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. semiprecious yellow quartz resembling topaz

Etymologies

Middle English, reddish yellow, from Old French citrin, from Medieval Latin citrīnus, from Latin citrus, citron tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Yellow quartz is sometimes known as citrine; when the quartz presents a pale brown tint it is called "smoky quartz"; and when the brown is so deep that the stone appears almost black it is termed morion.

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  • Do you happen to know where to get full-on bright lemon yellow curtains specifically Kelly Wearstler "citrine" yellow if possible?

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  • Explaining the mineral contents of this mosaic, Rose said, "the red is garnet, blue is turquoise, the lighter blue are crystals of calcite, the black is a very rare marble ... and the name of the marble is Orca, and her hair is made with California white quartz and citrine which is yellow quarts."

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  • Lalique's flora and fauna are everywhere—nude feminine figures with insect wings on a necklace, a lizard lorgnette, an ivy and clover hatpin, swans here, wheat sheaves there, a pair of white peacocks with multicolor tails standing on a heart-shaped citrine.

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  • She might also tell me to do something new (and so be renewed?), such as ride my bike to Camaret and give my new friend Liliane a jam jar of jardin jewels: those ruby and sapphire and citrine splendors in the garden.

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  • Photographs by Kurt Wilberding Tamsen Z 60-inch necklace made from citrine briolettes, $11,600, Tamsen Z, 212-360-7840

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  • Photographs by Kurt Wilberding Kara Ross raw citrine necklace, $11,700, Kararossny. com

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  • Photographs by Kurt Wilberding Marco Bicego Jaipur bangle crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with citrine and mother-of-pearl, $890, and Jaipur bangle crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with citrine and blue topaz, $890 each, Saks, 877-551-7257

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  • Photographs by Kurt Wilberding David Yurman large oval citrine and 18-karat-gold rings, $2,150 each, David Yurman Townhouse, 212-752-4255

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  • My favorites, though, are citrine bead necklaces, twinkling in their cases on Fifth Avenue — from around $20.

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