Definitions

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

  • n. A widely cultivated variety of mandarin orange having deep red-orange fruit with easily separated segments.
  • n. A strong reddish orange to strong or vivid orange.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several varieties of mandarin oranges.
  • n. A deep yellowish-orange colour, like that of a tangerine fruit.
  • n. A tree that produces tangerines.
  • adj. Of a deep yellowish-orange colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of orange, much like the mandarin, but of deeper color and higher flavor. It is said to have been produced in America from the mandarin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to Tangiers, an important seaport of Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • n. An inhabitant of Tangiers.
  • n. [lowercase] A Tangerine orange. See orange. Also spelled tangierine.

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

  • adj. of a strong reddish orange color
  • n. a variety of mandarin orange
  • n. a reddish to vivid orange color
  • n. any of various deep orange mandarins grown in the United States and southern Africa

Etymologies

Short for tangerine orange, after Tanger (Tangier), Morocco.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French Tanger, after Tangier, Morocco. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The specific color Pantone has chosen is called "tangerine tango"—a brilliant shade of reddish orange that evokes a fireball as much as fruit.

    Orange Blossoms Especially for 2012 Fashion

  • With beef mignon, seared salmon, grilled tuna, and duck breast in tangerine sauce all on the menu, you won't lack for mouthwatering choices.

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  • While mandarins and tangerines refer to the same citrus species they are both c. reticulata, the name tangerine has been used to describe a certain type of mandarin, those with a darker skin.

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  • He feels sure his arthritis would handle the assembly, and he's so glad they mentioned that he probably needs that ottoman in tangerine (the new beige?).

    Ikea.

  • Mrs. Thacher adapted this cookie recipe to highlight the Pixie tangerine, which is among the last to ripen every season; you can often find them as late as June.

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  • The tangerine is a mandarin variant from the city of Tangiers.

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  • The three on this day were "tangomonium," described as a tangerine-mango-like flavor; pomegranate; and their new seasonal flavor, pumpkin spice.

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  • Ingredients for the cupcakes AND my beautiful new "tangerine" colored mixer!

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  • Pair them with tops in trendy bright solids or prints, such as tangerine, jade or bright yellow.

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  • Blending nontraditional flavors such as tangerine with red chili and apricot with basil.

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  • Today, 12/20/2010, a friend gave me a dozen tangerines, picked fresh from a tree not far away, which I appreciated more than he knew. The gifting of citrus during the holidays goes back in my family to English/Scandinavian pioneers of the western US, when such foodstuffs were precious and rare in the frontier, and truly appreciated and treasured.

    December 21, 2010

  • Also a jazz standard...

    September 2, 2009

  • i love that song.

    September 2, 2009

  • Hey remember that month when I only ate boxes of tangerines
    So cheap and juicy, tangerines

    Regina Spektor, That Time

    June 23, 2009