Definition of quince noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kwɪns//
; NAmE NAmE//kwɪns//
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a hard bitter yellow fruit used for making jam, etc. It grows on a tree, also called a quince. quince jelly a flowering quince See related entries: Fruit Word Origin Middle English (originally a collective plural): from Old French cooin, from Latin (malum) cotoneum, variant of (malum) cydonium ‘apple of Cydonia (= Chania, in Crete)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quince