Word Origins: Orange


The word orange is both a noun and an adjective in the English language and refers primarily to the orange fruit and the colour orange, but has many other derivative meanings.

Originating from a Dravidian (South Asian) language, and passed through numerous other languages before reaching the English language, the word orange entered Middle English from Old French and Anglo-Norman orenge. The earliest recorded use of the word in English is from the 13th century and referred to the fruit. The earliest attested use of the word in reference to the colour is from the 16th century. Before the English-speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the colour was referred to as geoluhread (meaning yellow-red) in Old English and Middle English. (wiki)