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

Examples of apricot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some spring fruits are still in season as well, so don’t forget to explore inspiration for strawberries, avocados, apricots, and cherries. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 5 June 2024 The farm has different varieties of peaches and nectarines, plus apricots, pluots and Asian pears, that will be available for u-pick through the summer. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 11 May 2024 The farm also has raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, apriums and pluots. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 11 May 2024 Classics like strawberries, cherries, and apricots have our hearts, but don’t forget about avocado and pineapple, too. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for apricot 

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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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