apple

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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Organic cherries, peaches, apples and pears are so much tastier and healthier for us and better for the earth than fruit from commercial farms that is shipped far away. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ‘Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach’," 9 Sep. 2019 Hard fruits like apples and oranges, and tough vegetables like carrots and broccoli can easily make their way far from trailheads. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well on Your Next Backpacking Trip," 7 Sep. 2019 The industrial base that churned out textiles and consumer goods is devastated; today’s main exports are seeds, apples and nuts. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 Fourth-generation farmer Steve Ela grows not only peaches, but also cherries, pears, apples and more, all at about 1,000 feet higher than Colorado’s famed Palisade orchards. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From peach foie gras to boozy slushies, 20 ways to eat peaches at Denver restaurants right now," 28 Aug. 2019 No peaches this year, but hopefully a good amount of apples. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crazy weather means there are no peaches to pick at Apple Holler, but apples could be ready as early as next week," 29 July 2019 These ingredients, along with garlic, are browned in oil, brightened with apple cider vinegar, then pureed in a blender. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Local open space advocates joined state legislators and local officials, including Mayor Jay Moran and town General Manager Scott Shanley, under apple trees from the Botti family’s former orchard. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester Land Trust eyes former pig farm as open space," 27 Aug. 2019 The event will include apple cider sampling and a pumpkin patch to support the Katy FFA. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 12 Aug. 2019

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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

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 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

apple

noun
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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