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 Cottin shakes off her umbrella, takes one last bite of the apple, and, flying breakfast finished, orders a double espresso at the bar before settling in at a window table. Lauren Collins, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2021 In season, of course, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree., 16 Sep. 2021 Three years later—eight years after his last bite at the apple—Carlson got his own show, not long after then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes brought him to the network. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 In contrast, Rolston’s Eve, taken from Rubens and Brueghel the Elder’s Garden of Eden, is no youthful nubile, but a mature woman whose face carries its share of sorrow and who grasps the apple at her side as if its secrets were her own. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Kelvis White, who took over the Bob Jones job last season, expects his second bite at the Madison Bowl apple to be much like other rivalries – passionate. al, 2 Sep. 2021 To become law, the AI Act will next go through amendment changes by the European Parliament and European Council, giving groups additional bites at the lobbying apple. Khari Johnson, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 This one is the apple of her eye, that one is her right hand. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 With Tressel back in the red and black, there's still a burning question that needs to be answered: How far does the apple fall from the tree? Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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“Apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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