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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Good sources of fiber include apples, peas, beans, bran, oatmeal, barley, nuts, and seeds. 2. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 Add apples, cranberries, and sugar and toss to combine. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Cranberry-Apple Hand Pies," 30 Oct. 2018 In the drawers below, Hadid showed off some apples, cheese, more hummus, and organic uncured salami. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 Try a creepy twist on the traditional candy apple (thanks to black food coloring!) for a treat your guests won't soon forget. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The latest list hits items that U.S. households buy, including electric lamps, apple juice and fish sticks. Joe Macdonald, Anchorage Daily News, "China vows retaliation for latest US tariff threat," 11 July 2018 Washing it all down with apple juice or some Chinese wine will cost an extra 10%, too. Bruce Einhorn, latimes.com, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018 But why would Rick choose Belize, an Adam’s apple of a country on the neck of the Central American isthmus? Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Freeman bit into an apple during a brief break Thursday. Ryan Lillis, The Seattle Times, "‘The height of character’: Volunteers set aside sorrow, exhaustion to search for Camp Fire victims," 20 Nov. 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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