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 Beginning Wednesday, the McCafé bakery lineup is expanding with three new options: an apple fritter, a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon roll. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "What's new in fast food: Spicy donuts and cheeseburger pizzas," 24 Oct. 2020 The judges for the apple contest were Landon C. Burns, County Agent, and A. F. Vierheller. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Once popular Wampler’s pumpkin contest a part of Carroll County’s Halloween lore," 23 Oct. 2020 To eat apple sharlotka in its contemporary iteration is to consume a history lesson: The cake was a byproduct of Soviet women’s ingenuity and resourcefulness fueled by a strong desire to show hospitality. Washington Post, "This one-bowl Russian apple cake reminds us of hospitality in difficult times," 23 Oct. 2020 Take the apple snail, a family of large freshwater mollusks popular among aquarium owners. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Intensifying hurricanes are helping invasive species spread across the U.S.," 22 Oct. 2020 One of the easiest of apple desserts is tender fruit with a crisp topping of buttery oats, nuts and brown sugar. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This dessert has maximum apple pie goodness for minimal effort," 22 Oct. 2020 Using an apple corer is the easiest way to get the job done. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Baked apples: Easy and guilt-free treat perfect for fall," 16 Oct. 2020 Spread equal portions of mustard on 2 of the bread slices, then divide up the apple slices into 2 portions and lay on top of the mustard. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Apple and Mustard Grilled Cheese Sandwiches," 16 Oct. 2020 There is a craft cocktail menu, where, for example, a Sekushi Sour cocktail with cognac, apricot liquor and apple syrup is $14. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Fort Lauderdale beach gets Japanese and Korean fusion restaurant," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Oct 2020

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“Apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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