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 The banana flower salad ($12) caught my eye instantly and was an absolute knockout compilation of ingredients, the gold standard for how far creativity can take one in the kitchen. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mellwood restaurant is blowing up Louisville's food scene with New American fusion," 19 Feb. 2020 What kind of shameless black woman imagines a little white boy sucking on the tip of an African girl’s banana skirt as the girl also suckles herself? Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 Some drip with banana fudge, others have a crown of peanuts. Vincent T. Davis,, "Dangers don’t keep paleta man from peddling wares in San Antonio," 10 Feb. 2020 Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn, of Michigan and Oakland fame, respectively, went bananas on Tuesday night to the tune of a combined 70 points in a 135-121 overtime win vs. Atlanta. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Undrafted NBA players Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn combine for 70 in Miami win vs. Hawks," 11 Dec. 2019 Popular menu items include banana-nut French toast and golden waffle dogs consisting of three sausage links dipped in vanilla waffle batter, then fried. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 10 new breakfast and brunch restaurants to try in metro Phoenix," 5 Feb. 2020 The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored electronic cigarettes, but that isn’t keeping banana ice, sour gummy, or cool mint out of the hands of McCracken County High School students. Sheila Kaplan,, "Teens find a big loophole in the new flavored vaping ban," 1 Feb. 2020 Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored e-cigarettes, but that isn’t keeping banana ice, sour gummy or cool mint out of the hands of McCracken County High School students. Sheila Kaplan, New York Times, "Teens Find a Big Loophole in the New Flavored Vaping Ban," 31 Jan. 2020 Rollins says of the space, which is outfitted with bright hues, vintage furniture, and yards upon yards of prints by CW Stockwell (makers of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic Martinique banana leaf print). Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Inside the "Cheap and Cheerful" Makeover That Transformed Danielle Rollins' Apartment," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of banana was in 1597

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Banana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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