av·​o·​ca·​do ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce avocado (audio) ˌa- How to pronounce avocado (audio)
plural avocados also avocadoes
: a pulpy green- to purple-skinned nutty-flavored fruit of any of various tropical American trees (genus Persea especially P. americana) of the laurel family
also : a tree bearing avocados
: a light yellowish green

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Examples of avocado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another has cilantro chicken, avocado, corn and black bean salsa, and mozzarella. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2024 It’s topped with mounds of mashed avocado, pickled onions, green olives and crumbles of feta cheese speckled with hot jalapeños. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 The trial applies only to avocados, which have risen in popularity in the U.K. over the last decade, with avocado on toast a particular delicacy for millennials. Amanda Gerut, Fortune Europe, 31 May 2024 Think tomato and burrata; avocado, radishes and microgreens; and peanut butter, bananas and berries. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for avocado 

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Word History


modification of Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of avocado was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Avocado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocado. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


av·​o·​ca·​do ˌav-ə-ˈkäd-ō How to pronounce avocado (audio) ˌäv- How to pronounce avocado (audio)
plural avocados also avocadoes
: the usually green pear-shaped edible fruit of a tropical American tree that has a rich oily flesh
also : the tree that bears this fruit

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