\ ˌä-ˌsä-ˈē How to pronounce acai (audio) , -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 Exfoliating Icelandic volcanic sand is blended with hydrating cactus water, antioxidant-rich acai, and niacinamide (vitamin B3) helping clear dead skin cells and unclog pores. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 Many of these buckets eventually make it to the United States, where the acai is processed, and later lands in your ten- to fifteen-dollar bowl or smoothie. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 This silky oil is packed with 5% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (an advanced, stable form of Vitamin C) to minimize dark spots and boost collagen production, and acai and sea buckthorn oils to reduce inflammation and moisturize skin. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Bases include acai, pitaya and matcha, and blueberries, coconut, goji berries, granola and chia seeds are among the toppings. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 14 Aug. 2021 Inspired by the loss of her dad to cancer, the health-conscious founder Adelia Yolanda has tailored each of her colorful potions to serve specific functions—like the Mermaid, a bright purple potion that energizes with butterfly pea and acai. Anna Haines, Forbes, 10 June 2021 But many items are universal favorites, including acai and pitaya bowls with toppings like granola and cacao nibs; avocado toast and salads packed with fresh vegetables. Leeanne Griffin,, 6 Oct. 2020 There are even sales on Foreo’s skincare products, from the mattifying and hydrating face masks to the brand’s new masks infused with rose, honey, acai berry, and coconut oil. Claudia Fisher,, 2 Dec. 2019 The couple has been dating since late last year, and initially sparked romance rumors in October when they were seen kissing at an acai bowl shop in West Hollywood. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2020 See More

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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

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“Acai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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