noun, often attributive
apri·​cot | \ ˈa-prə-ˌkät How to pronounce apricot (audio) , ˈā- How to pronounce apricot (audio) \

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

Examples of apricot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Japanese flowering apricot (Prunus mume) is a smaller version of the cherry tree, but blooms four to six weeks before the Tidal Basin cherries. The Washington Post, "Adrian Higgins on planting trees ahead of a cicada year and all things gardening," 17 Sep. 2020 One of our favorites, a recipe from Syrian Jewish cuisine, includes a fat spoonful of allspice and a sweet and sour apricot-tamarind braising liquid. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "How to Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) for Perfect Mezze Plates," 21 Apr. 2017 Its apricot, peach and floral notes are framed by a refreshing citrus undercurrent. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "6 Texas wines to drink with barbecue," 24 June 2020 Gently simmer until the apricots are plump and the liquid is reduced to 1/2 a cup, roughly 10 minutes. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Roasted Stuffed Sweet Onions," 27 May 2020 Food Jam session with Jessica Koslow of Sqirl Food Jam session with Jessica Koslow of Sqirl Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow starts with Blenheim apricots and goes through the steps of making one of her artisan jams. Los Angeles Times, "Sqirl’s famous scone recipe is now yours for the baking," 29 Apr. 2020 The sauvignon blanc offers classic flavors of lime and apricot, without the grassy aggressiveness of the grape that often shows in New World wines, while tasting fleshier and less mineral than Old World examples. Washington Post, "This $12 chardonnay can take the edge off a ‘rough day’," 24 Apr. 2020 This tart ale, spiked with plums and apricots, really fit the bill for me. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Looking for something different to celebrate with? Plumsoul ale from Bauhaus fits the bill," 31 Dec. 2019 Last year, the rats seem to have gotten all my tomatoes and apricots. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "More clever, non-lethal tips from Bay Area gardeners on keeping rats out," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of apricot was in 1580

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26 Sep 2020

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“Apricot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apricot. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce apricot (audio) , ˈā- \

Kids Definition of apricot

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

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