in sense 1 ˈanəˌnas,
in sense 2 ¦anə¦näs or ¦än-
capitalized : a small genus of tropical American plants (family Bromeliaceae) having basal sword-shaped leaves, terminal racemose flowers, and large syncarpous fruits see pineapple
or less commonly anana
plural ananas
: any of several plants of the family Bromeliaceae: such as

Word History


French or Spanish; French, from Spanish ananás, from Portuguese, modification of Tupi naná

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ananas was in 1600

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“Ananas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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