banana

noun
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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In 1941, the Chatains took a trip to the Bahamas, where they were wowed by the scale of the banana leaves. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "One of the Most Iconic Wallpapers of All Time Is Back," 20 Mar. 2019 Investors never went bananas for SurveyMonkey, but positive changes are afoot. Laura Forman, WSJ, "SurveyMonkey Grabs Low-Hanging Fruit," 19 Feb. 2019 Get the otak otak: fish custard perked up with kaffir lime and chili, all steamed in a banana leaf. Fuchsia Dunlop, Condé Nast Traveler, "Penang is Asia's Next Great Foodie City," 15 Nov. 2018 And fresh fruits that don't need to be refrigerated, like bananas or apples, are fair game, too. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Doctor Up an Instant Oatmeal Packet to Make a Delicious and Filling Breakfast, According to R.D.s," 3 Feb. 2019 In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs and oil. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Great Breakfast Recipes," 14 Jan. 2019 The bananas were spread out across campus; one of them was right next to the freshman dorms. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018 Pass through a fine chinois, then set into tart shell over the bananas. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Washington needs to start clearing its books a bit as the Wall extension kicks in, and Porter doesn’t seem like the right third banana here. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Kawhi-to-Boston and More NBA Draft Day Trades That Should Happen," 18 June 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of banana

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

banana

noun
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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