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"lemon" in British English

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lemonnoun

uk   /ˈlem.ən/  us   /ˈlem.ən/
  • lemon noun (FRUIT)

A2 [C or U] an oval fruit that has a thick, yellow skin and sour juice: For this recipe you need the juice of two lemons. Would you like a slice of lemon in your tea? lemon juice
[U] the juice of a lemon or a drink made from this juice

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  • lemon noun (STUPID THING/PERSON)

[C] mainly US informal something that does not work: Only one of his inventions turned out to be a lemon.
[C] UK informal a very silly person: I felt such a lemon when I discovered I'd missed my appointment.

lemonadjective

uk   /ˈlem.ən/  us   /ˈlem.ən/
(Definition of lemon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lemon" in American English

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lemonnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈlem·ən/
a yellow, oval fruit whose juice has a sour taste
infml A lemon is a device or machine that does not work well: [C] That car I bought is a real lemon.
(Definition of lemon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lemon”
in Korean 레몬…
in Arabic لَيْمون…
in Malaysian lemon, kuning limau…
in French citron…
in Russian лимон…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水果, 檸檬, 檸檬汁…
in Italian limone…
in Turkish limon…
in Polish cytryna…
in Spanish limón…
in Vietnamese quả chanh, màu vàng chanh…
in Portuguese limão-siciliano…
in Thai มะนาว, เหลืองอ่อน…
in German die Zitrone, Zitronen-…, das Zitronengelb…
in Catalan llimona…
in Japanese レモン…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水果, 柠檬, 柠檬汁…
in Indonesian jeruk lemon, kuning…
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