ba·​nana | \ bə-ˈna-nə How to pronounce banana (audio) , especially British -ˈnä- \

Definition of banana

1 : an elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind a bunch of bananas slipped on a banana peel
2 : any of several widely cultivated perennial often treelike herbs (genus Musa of the family Musaceae, the banana family) bearing bananas in compact pendent bunches

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Examples of banana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Park pilgrimages were rising at a faster rate than the banana bread ballooning in everyone's ovens. Jeff Jenkins, Travel + Leisure, "The National Parks That Saved Us," 1 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the lemon cake isn't the first time Meghan has shared a treat from her recipe file — during the couple's tour of Australia in 2018, Meghan brought homemade banana bread to a family-run farm in Dubbo. Michelle Tauber,, "Meghan Markle’s Sweet Surprise for Women’s History Month — from Her Kitchen!," 25 Mar. 2021 Making it a true pandemic memento is the inclusion of illustrations by Tanya Matiikiv of baking banana bread, assortments of masks, and, of course, hand sanitizer. cleveland, "Moreland Hills author’s new book tells of the special circumstances, challenges of having a baby during a pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 Two slices of your favorite homemade banana bread recipe that are toasted in sandwich form on a hot skillet. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Meet “Banana Bread Grilled Cheese,” the New Banana Bread Trend for 2021," 18 Mar. 2021 Early in the pandemic, lots of people were making sourdough and banana bread. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Guy Fieri on 'Tournament of Champions,' pandemic haircare and abdicating his 'mayor of Flavortown' title," 10 Mar. 2021 Beat the butter-chocolate mixture into the banana mixture. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Earn brownie points with the king of them all," 24 Mar. 2021 That combination of yautia and green banana with the sofrito and crab in alcapurrias is unmistakably earthy and robust, salty crispness balanced by delicate seafood. New York Times, "Von’s Essential Recipes," 22 Mar. 2021 This night cream is all about lifting and firming skin, using natural ingredients like brown algae, hyaluronic acid, and yellow banana bio-active to plump and nourish your skin overnight. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "5 Ways To Get Better Sleep For World Sleep Day," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of banana

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for banana

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish, from Portuguese, of African origin; akin to Wolof banaana banana

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“Banana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of banana

: a long curved fruit with a thick peel that is yellow when it is ripe


ba·​nana | \ bə-ˈna-nə How to pronounce banana (audio) \

Kids Definition of banana

: a fruit that is shaped somewhat like a finger, is usually yellow when ripe, and grows in bunches on a large treelike tropical plant with very large leaves

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