noun, often attributive
ap·​ple | \ ˈa-pəl How to pronounce apple (audio) \

Definition of apple

1 : the fleshy, usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family also : an apple tree — compare crab apple
2 : a fruit (such as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (such as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple
apple of one's eye
: one that is highly cherished his daughter is the apple of his eye

Examples of apple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His wife, Kim Kardashian West, takes the classic meal a few steps further, adding Honey Mustard instead of BBQ, a vanilla McFlurry instead of chocolate, a cheeseburger and an apple pie to top it off. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "What Do Kanye & Kim Order at McDonald's? New Super Bowl Commercial Has Your Answer," 30 Jan. 2020 Last fall President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on vaping by banning flavored liquids -- bubblegum, cotton candy and apple pie -- that are marketed to young consumers. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas teen dies from vaping-related illness," 2 Jan. 2020 In my world, a fried apple pie qualifies as a side. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Old-fashioned burgers, enchiladas, onion rings rule at Tom’s Burgers & More in Elmendorf," 20 Dec. 2019 The odds are long, but November is about apple carts being upset, especially in league play. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Mel Tucker, CU Buffs want to do to Utah what Arizona State did to Oregon," 26 Nov. 2019 The menu: Starters of prosciutto, burrata, pickles and more; roasted turkey or delicata squash; chestnut and oyster mushroom dressing; dinner rolls; Brussels sprouts; sweet potatoes; Dutch apple pie; and pumpkin cheesecake. Josie Sexton, The Know, "10 Denver restaurants serving a better-than-home-cooked dinner this Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2019 Thanksgiving reenactments based on a whitewashed version of early U.S. history are as American as apple pie. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Dos and Donts," 12 Nov. 2019 The Perfect Candidate centers on a young female doctor who upsets the patriarchal apple cart by standing in her local council elections to fix a road leading to her surgery. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 Sample the liquors in their true form, and then try them in a cocktail like the Southern Lynchburg Mule (whiskey, apple pie moonshine, ginger beer, lime) or the Woodye’s Tea (lemonade moonshine, unsweet tea, lemon). Julia Sayers |, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Lynchburg, Tennessee," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of apple

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apple

Middle English appel, from Old English æppel; akin to Old High German apful apple, Old Irish ubull, Old Church Slavonic ablŭko

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The first known use of apple was before the 12th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of apple

: a round fruit with red, yellow, or green skin and firm white flesh


ap·​ple | \ ˈa-pəl How to pronounce apple (audio) \

Kids Definition of apple

: a round or oval fruit with red, yellow, or green skin and white flesh that grows on a spreading tree related to the rose


ap·​ple | \ ˈap-əl How to pronounce apple (audio) \

Medical Definition of apple

: the fleshy usually rounded and red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a tree (genus Malus) of the rose family also : an apple tree

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