apri·​cot ˈa-prə-ˌkät How to pronounce apricot (audio) ˈā- How to pronounce apricot (audio)
often attributive
: the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavor
: a tree that bears apricots
: a variable color averaging a moderate orange

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It came garnished with a cherry and an apricot on top. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 29 Nov. 2022 The nose is all sweet vanilla and peach cobbler, along with some apricot and a bit of smoke, of course. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 31 July 2022 Her favorite part of Saltivka were the apricot trees. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 That just makes this 12-room country hotel, housed in an apricot-pink villa from the 19th century, feel like even more of a discovery. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Details of the ceremony were kept super-secret, but there was a children's choir, a paper lantern sendoff over the river and a sour cream wedding cake with peach-apricot preserves. Kelsie Gibson, PEOPLE.com, 11 Mar. 2022 His dad’s 17 acres came with 125 mature apricot trees, but, over the past few years, Eskelsen has planted 3,000 young trees that are at risk. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Loquat: From East Asia, this small to medium evergreen tree sports tropical-looking leaves, an apricot-like fruit and does well in dry Northwest summers. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 The palate develops into some sweet apricot and vanilla notes, and finishes gently despite its 100 proof. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, ultimately from Latin (persicum) praecox, literally, early ripening (peach) — more at precocious

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of apricot was in 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Apricot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apricot. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an oval orange-colored fruit resembling the related peach and plum in flavor
also : a tree that bears apricots

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