al·​mond ˈä-mənd How to pronounce almond (audio) ˈa- How to pronounce almond (audio) ˈäl- How to pronounce almond (audio)
: the drupaceous fruit of a small tree (Prunus dulcis synonym P. amygdalus) of the rose family with flowers and young fruit resembling those of the peach
especially : its ellipsoidal edible kernel used as a nut
: any of several similar fruits
: a tree that produces almonds

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This nut is seed of a tree in the rose family, native to Southwest Asia. The tree grows somewhat larger and lives longer than the peach. It is strikingly beautiful when in flower. The nuts are either sweet or bitter. Sweet almonds are the edible type consumed as nuts and used in cooking. The extracted oil of bitter almonds is used to make flavoring extracts for foods and liqueurs. Almonds provide small amounts of protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and are high in fat.

Example Sentences

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Word History


Middle English almande, from Anglo-French alemande from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amygdalē

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of almond was in the 14th century

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“Almond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


al·​mond ˈäm-ənd How to pronounce almond (audio) ˈam- How to pronounce almond (audio)
: a small tree related to the roses and having flowers like those of a peach tree
also : the edible kernel of its fruit used as a nut

Medical Definition


: a small tree (Prunus amygdalus) of the rose family with flowers and young fruit resembling those of the peach
: the drupaceous fruit of the almond
especially : its ellipsoidal edible kernel used as a nut compare amygdalin

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