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

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With only 51 in a 100-member body – and with a strategy that depends heavily on Republican unity – even one defection or absence can upset the apple cart. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "A taciturn tactician, McConnell’s leadership draws respect – and ire," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, the sports-betting apple cart might spread fiscal sunshine on various government agencies. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Chad: Don’t worry about bookies as gambling proliferates," 21 May 2018 This issue isn’t going away anytime soon—but Trump’s address doesn’t appear to have rocked big pharma’s (or other industry players’) apple cart. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Trump's Big Drug Price Speech Sent Health Care Stocks Soaring," 11 May 2018 Similarly, Weisz's role as the firebrand Ronit, still determined to overturn apple carts, plays well to the actress' considerable strengths but is not any kind of surprise. Kenneth Turan,, "Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz explore a forbidden love affair in 'Disobedience'," 26 Apr. 2018 Serve warm apple cider, hot chocolate or even a big hearty soup to help your business boom. Fox News, "The best season for garage sales," 25 Sep. 2018 The apple cider makes for some mighty fine doughnuts too. 13. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Carolina Vinegar Sauce: 4 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup Heinz ketchup 1/4 cup honey 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp nutmeg 2 Tbsp smoked paprika 2 Tbsp granulated garlic 1 Tbsp salt Mix together in a bowl. Kelly Vaughan,, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018 Pick your own pumpkin, pony rides, carnival rides and games, mini pumpkin chuckin, paintball, food and drink, crafts, apple cider, corn stalks, fall decorations; all sold separately. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 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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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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