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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Companies accused of violating local labor laws include General Electric, Honeywell, Sony, General Motors, McDonald’s, Sprint, and the Washington state apple industry. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal is better for workers than NAFTA was," 30 Nov. 2018 No mere garnish, the custard is baked right into the apple base. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Luscious, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Apple Pie," 21 Nov. 2018 Fall is filled with some of our favorite annual rituals, like apple picking, pumpkin decorating, and leaf peeping. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Mark Your Calendars! It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Will Air on October 18," 3 Oct. 2018 Toxic In another clever reinterpretation, Brit came out in an apple-red bodysuit with a glowing green jungle background, a sensuous Eve tempting her audience. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 Many of the players being scouted by the Heat during these waning days of summer leaguers are players who were scouted by the Heat before last month's NBA draft, with the possibility of getting a second bite at those apples. Ira Winderman,, "Scouting for free agents remains ongoing for Heat," 12 July 2018 The Pigozzi Collection Among the coming attractions that caught my eye, previewed by Stierli on his Instagram, is one of Saša J. Mächtig’s Kiosk K67s, restored to its original candy-apple red. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 Bean says lots of new veggies are appearing at the Arctic Organics stand this week, including zucchini, snow apple turnips, rainbow chard and mustard greens. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 The case against: The shine is off Adam Gase’s apple a bit after last year’s disaster in Miami. Michael Beller,, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 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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The first known use of apple was before the 12th century

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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 \

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 \

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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