noun, often attributive
apri·​cot | \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā- \

Definition of apricot 

1a : the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavor

b : a tree that bears apricots

2 : a variable color averaging a moderate orange

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With notes of fennel, apricot, peach, vanilla and nuts, this wine’s lively bubbles gave it a creamy mouthfeel. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 Try adding raisins or dried apricots to quick-cooking barley and serving it as a side dish. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 White was aged in California chardonnay and French Sauternes barrels, with apricots and peaches added. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Third Space Brewing adds more equipment and expects to double its beer production," 4 June 2018 Incorporated in 1912, Sunnyvale once had a prominent canning industry, with farmland full of plum, apricot and peach orchards. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "The scramble for Sunnyvale: Tech companies in ‘arms race’ for office space," 12 May 2018 Menu highlights include apricots and Meyer lemon ricottawith crushed pistachios and Fresno chile; and lobster chopped salad with fava beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado and smoked bacon. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 Hamantaschen, the triangular pastries for Purim (which starts next Wednesday), are usually filled with prune, apricot or poppy seeds. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Rich and Chocolaty Hamantaschen for Purim," 20 Feb. 2018 Floral and herbal notes mingle with apricot, honey and exotic spices in this Leelanau Peninsula wine with 12.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Celebrate this season's harvest with this mix of 19 apricot, peach, and plum recipes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "19 Healthy Ways to Cook With Peaches, Plums, and Apricots," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of apricot

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for apricot

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

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English Language Learners Definition of apricot

: a small orange-colored fruit that is related to the peach and plum


apri·​cot | \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā-\

Kids Definition of apricot

: a small oval orange-colored fruit that looks like the related peach and plum

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