Definitions of quince

  1. small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear- shaped fruit; widely cultivated
  2. The fruit of a shrub ( Cydonia vulgaris) belonging to the same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple, but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves.
  3. a quince tree or shrub.
  4. The applelike fruit of a tree of the apple family, much used for preserves; also, the tree.
  5. Tree of the apple kind, and its fruit.
  6. The fruit of the Cydonia vulgaris, used in making tarts, & c.; also the tree which produces the quince.
  7. The fruit of the Cydonia vulgaris or quince- tree, much used in making preserves and tarts.