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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On the ingredients list, KylieSkin’s toner includes apple fruit extract, avocado and apricot and kernel oil, and squalane. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Its popular Sunday brunch included waffles with apple compote, maple salted caramel and cinnamon cream. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "West Bottoms restaurant in converted gas station closes after more than seven years," 2 July 2018 Lydia was played by Winona Ryder, then an apple-cheeked 17-year-old in one of her first-ever movie roles, the beginning of Ryder's reign as the poster child of offbeat rebellion. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beetlejuice's Sophia Anne Caruso Is Bringing Goth to Broadway," 17 Apr. 2019 But the researchers also found people were more inclined to see harassment as a cultural problem - rather than simply the result of a bad apple - compared with financial misconduct. Jena Mcgregor, chicagotribune.com, "Just one sexual harassment claim can tarnish a company's image, study says," 3 July 2018 In those days, Mami teased her blond hair like Madonna, traced her green eyes with blue eyeliner, applied several coats of black mascara, apple-red lipstick, and matching nail polish. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 To the north in Slovenia, Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Saturday toured a southeastern region where apple-sized hail damaged roofs, crops and cars late Friday. Fox News, "Coastal storm damages Montenegro hospital, other buildings," 9 June 2018 Wisconsin produces a lip-smacking feast of foods, everything from apples to wild rice, with cranberries, cherries, corn, morels, watermelon, brats and maple syrup just a few others on that list. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture," 6 June 2018 So Click split open a glazed doughnut, stuffed it with premium Wisconsin ice cream in classic and oddball flavors like espresso bourbon and added tear-worthy toppings like Cap'n Crunch and local apple pecan jam. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "You won't believe the doughnut ice cream sandwiches coming to Fountain Square," 6 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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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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