apple

noun, often attributive
ap·​ple | \ ˈa-pəl \

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

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The same goes for apple pie, cheesecake, and so, so much more. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Eat Oatmeal Every Day Without Getting Sick of It," 4 Jan. 2019 There’s no way that apple-pie and fresh vanilla ice cream scent doesn’t contain carcinogens right? Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 Give your walnuts a sprinkle of apple pie spice for a warm accent to a fresh and crunchy lunchtime salad. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 Within days, Hall and her son showed up at Singleton’s home with flowers, an apple pie and $900. Matt Stevens, The Seattle Times, "12-year-old raises thousands of dollars for his best friend’s gravestone," 12 Dec. 2018 Luck was against us the year before last, when April temps dipped to 15 and 16 degrees on successive mornings, killing most of the open apple and pear blossoms. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Keeping Dad Alive From 7,000 Miles Away," 23 Dec. 2018 On a baking sheet, toss ½ cup walnuts with 1 tsp apple pie spice and roast at 400°F until fragrant, 10 minutes and roughly chop. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 We’ve been tempted to zero in on a few bad apples, but that approach is misguided. Esther Perel, Glamour, "One Crazy Idea to Empower Women? Focus on Men," 12 Dec. 2018 But according to The American Pie Council, more Americans prefer apple pie overall — pumpkin comes in second place. 19. Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "19 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Thanksgiving," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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More Definitions for apple

apple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apple

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

apple

noun
ap·​ple | \ ˈa-pəl \

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

apple

noun
ap·​ple | \ ˈap-əl \

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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