co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) \

Definition of coconut

1 : the drupaceous fruit of the coconut palm whose outer fibrous husk yields coir and whose nut contains thick edible meat and, in the fresh fruit, a clear liquid (see coconut water)
2 : the edible meat of the coconut

Examples of coconut in a Sentence

The pastry is covered with shredded coconut.

Recent Examples on the Web

Watch the colors strangely change when the blend of rum, cinnamon syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice and coconut cream is poured over butterfly pea flower ice. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eleven tasty ways to celebrate 'Stranger Things' Season 3 in Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 Pies—lemon merengue, chocolate cream, and coconut cream—are relative newcomers to the menu. Eric Velasco,, "Learn the decades-old secrets of this Homewood barbecue joint," 24 June 2019 For a space that could use some serious calm, this clean-burning coconut-oil candle will fill the air with a refreshing, relaxing scent. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "All The Candles That Are on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 20 July 2018 Coconut appealingly weaves itself throughout the treat from the warm sticky grains laced with coconut milk to the coconut gelato that pools overtop. Lauren Delgado,, "Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice," 30 Apr. 2018 Jacobs tells me over coconut-milk lattes one morning. Rebecca Nelson, Cosmopolitan, "Sara Jacobs Could Be the Youngest Congresswoman Ever," 21 Feb. 2018 Tips & Techniques Tip: If cream of coconut is unavailable, substitute canned coconut milk: Chill can for 30 minutes, then pour off thinner liquid and use thick cream at bottom of can. James Tanner, Country Living, "Thai Roast Chicken," 17 Jan. 2013 For dessert, guests chose between three gluten-free cakes: coconut, which is Matt’s favorite, a vegan carrot, and lemon-raspberry—all created by Lilac Patisserie in Santa Barbara. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 The only sides on Franklin Barbecue’s menu (coleslaw, potato salad, pinto beans) are absent from Loro’s, supplanted by dishes like coconut-scented rice and papaya salad. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "Tokyo in Texas: Distinctive Japanese Food Is Thriving in Austin," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coconut

1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coconut

: a large fruit that has a thick shell with white flesh and liquid inside it and that grows on a palm tree
: the white flesh of a coconut


co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) , -ˌnət\

Kids Definition of coconut

: a large nutlike fruit that has a thick husk with white flesh and a watery liquid inside it and that grows on a tall tropical palm ( coconut palm )


co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) \

Medical Definition of coconut

1 : the fruit of the coconut palm having an outer fibrous husk with a nut containing thick edible meat and coconut milk
2 : the edible meat of the coconut

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