An·​jou ˈan-jü How to pronounce Anjou (audio)
variants or Anjou pear
: a large pear that has usually yellowish-green skin and sweet, juicy, relatively firm flesh and is more or less egg-shaped with the base typically broader than the stem end

called also d'Anjou

Examples of Anjou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These nearby houses have also recently changed hands: A 1,844-square-foot home on the 7100 block of Anjou Creek Circle in San Jose sold in May 2023, for $1,826,000, a price per square foot of $990. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Te Koko introduces itself with aromas of lemon blossoms, white peach, Anjou pear, and a touch of smoke. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 It was owned and operated by the trio of Chris Wolfe, Andy Smith and Brad Lauck, who also own Anjou, a popular high-end craft cocktail bar located just around the corner from Solstice. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 11 Mar. 2024 Because Anjou is known for its sweet versions of the grape, which have fallen out of style, there were quite a few vineyards for sale. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 The rear road at Anjou Drive (into Charlemagne) that connects to the church parking lot would be lock gated, accessible only by emergency responders. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 The Morgan’s Hungarian Anjou Legendary — an illuminated book of stories about the saints from around 1330 — depicts Judas as a gruesome suicide, hanging from a tree as his soul flees from his mouth. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024 And while stout, green Anjou pears and soft, juicy Bartletts have their place, the absolute star of the season is Asian pears. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 15 Sep. 2023 Gamay wines from Touraine and Anjou are pleasant in an easy-drinking, light-coloured style. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 17 July 2023

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Word History


Anjou, France

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anjou was in 1861

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“Anjou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

An·​jou ˈan-ˌjü How to pronounce Anjou (audio)
region and former province of northwestern France in the Loire valley; capital Angers
former town in southern Quebec, Canada, that is now part of the city of Montreal

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