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 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 In theory, the warmer, shorter winter opens up new possibilities for the garden, allowing landscapes to become alive with such things as the misnamed autumn-flowering cherry tree, witch hazels, camellias, Japanese flowering apricot and snowdrops. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The choices include forsythia, various willows and Japanese flowering quince, as well as a range of prunus, specifically Japanese flowering apricot, flowering plum, flowering cherry and fruiting peach. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 Juicy and light aromas that include raspberries, cherries, vanilla, slight menthol and even a little apricot. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The Japanese flowering apricot, now in flower outside and, indeed, beginning to wind down, can be cut starting in late December. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 At this point the flesh has gotten sweeter and more persimmon-y, like an apricot. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, 30 Oct. 2020 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, 17 Sep. 2020

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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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“Apricot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apricot. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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