acai

noun
\ˌä-ˌsä-ˈē, -sī-ˈē\
variants: or less commonly açai

Definition of acai 

1a or acai berry : a small, dark purple, berrylike fruit with a juicy pulp that is often used in beverages or eaten raw and that is produced by a tall, slender palm (Euterpe oleracea) native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America

b : the palm (Euterpe oleracea) that produces acai berries

2 : a beverage made from the juice of the acai berry Rio de Janeiro is the city that worships health and beauty and where the healthy and the beautiful drink acai.— Alex Bellosz

Examples of acai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Meanwhile, acai berry aficionados find fault with Costco’s version of the would-be health food — specifically, too much sugar. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco: Polish dog’s demise probably won’t be postponed by polemics," 12 July 2018 Costco says the acai dish will be available in all Costco stores. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Costco Adds Healthier Items to Food Court, Cutting Some Favorites," 7 July 2018 The acai bowl trend has hit stride in bigger markets like New York and Chicago and splattered retail districts and neighborhoods in California, Hawaii and throughout the country. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "It's not quite a smoothie or a sorbet: Get your acai bowl fix at this healthy shop in NuLu," 16 Apr. 2018 Among the ones that have not: wheat germ, acai, pomegranate and goji berries. Caitlin Dewey, chicagotribune.com, "The sudden collapse of coconut oil, 2015's favorite superfood," 7 Mar. 2018 Things are percolating downtown, though, with a flurry of brewpubs and upstarts like Miss Winnie’s Jamaican jerk house and Liquid Eatery, a vegan cafe opening in August with acai bowls, kombucha floats, and nut-milk shakes. Adam Erace, Philly.com, "After finding themselves unexpectedly homeless in West Chester, chef and his wife put down roots at Andiario," 19 June 2018 At Zisters, the brunch menu includes some appetizers to share, including beignets ($7) and an acai bowl with granola. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brunch restaurant Zisters in Elm Grove sets its opening for June 7," 29 May 2018 On the menu: Pockets, wraps, calzones, salads, acai bowls and potatoes. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Pockets offers a fresh take on sandwiches," 29 May 2018 The restaurant is slated to open May 17, selling items like made-to-order acai bowls, smoothies, paninis and salads The Windermere location is opening May 27 at 8014 Conroy Windermere Road in the Grand Oaks Village shopping center. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Healthy eatery Vitality Bowls opening near Windermere," 8 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'acai.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of acai

circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for acai

borrowed from Brazilian Portuguese assaí, uaçaí, açaí, the palm Euterpe oleracea, borrowed from Tupi *ɨβasaí, from ɨβá "plant, fruit" + an element of uncertain meaning

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about acai

Statistics for acai

Last Updated

28 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for acai

The first known use of acai was circa 1868

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on acai

Britannica English: Translation of acai for Arabic Speakers

Comments on acai

What made you want to look up acai? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!