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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Still, there’s plenty of magic to be had in autumn — a campfire crackling on a chilly evening, an apple pie spiced just right with cinnamon, or, say, a wedding. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 In other words, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Spike Lee’s Daughter Satchel Is Poised to Put a Stylish Twist on Her Father’s Legacy," 27 Feb. 2019 Well, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Miami Family That Left the Dolphins Game Early—and Missed a Miracle," 13 Dec. 2018 In the fragrant outdoor garden, sip an elixir carmín, a root-and-bark infusion of apple, guava, and beet. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 Marty graduated and got a job at a New York law firm, and Ruth followed him to the big apple, taking her third year of law school at Columbia. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Late Husband, Marty, Helped Her Reach Her Potential," 23 Feb. 2019 And fresh fruits that don't need to be refrigerated, like bananas or apples, are fair game, too. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Doctor Up an Instant Oatmeal Packet to Make a Delicious and Filling Breakfast, According to R.D.s," 3 Feb. 2019 Let those notes of butter, potato, apple, cake, vanilla, and musk make Hanukkah last well after those eith nights and long into the new year. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Homesick Hanukkah Candle Legit Smells Like Potato Latkes And A Hint Of Jelly Donuts," 4 Dec. 2018 And Trump’s tariffs on all imported steel and aluminum, which went into effect in March, have led other US trading partners to add their own retaliatory duties on American goods, including dairy, pork, apples, and potatoes. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s trade war on Christmas," 29 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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