co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət \

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

Chocolate chunks and coconut flakes make this moist bundt even more decadent. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Great Breakfast Recipes," 14 Jan. 2019 Though, those with very dry or very oily skin might benefit from coconut the most. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Coconut Oil for Acne? Learn How It Can Help Clear Your Skin," 10 Sep. 2018 Nuco Organic Coconut Wraps Nuco Organic’s Coconut Wraps look like tortillas but are made entirely from coconut. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Blonde roast is a stunning way to combine shades of darker brown with shades of lighter blonde without an unnaturally stark contrast — think toasted coconut, but with more blending throughout the length of the hair. Marci Robin, Allure, "Blonde Roast Is the Latest Coffee-Inspired Hair-Color Trend for Fall," 14 Oct. 2018 The smell is lovely too, like toasted coconuts, and was not overpowering. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I’ve Been Using This Coconut Oil-Based Moisturizer for a Month and It’s a Total Game-Changer," 21 Sep. 2018 The Santiago y Lucia swaps the traditional gin for coconut washed aged rum, and adds spicy Ancho Reyes liqueur and mole bitters to the Campari and sweet vermouth. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Negroni Week Is Here So You Can Sip Your Favorite Cocktail for a Good Cause," 1 June 2018 Stack Puffed Rice Hay Bales and cover display surface with flaked coconut. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Book the Ultimate Coconut Mango Pedicure, which harnesses the natural benefits of organic Hawaiian herbs and coconut mango butter; or a massage using Hawaiian sea salt to exfoliate for that perfect Maui glow. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Maui Needs To Be Your Next Girls Trip," 19 Nov. 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 , -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 \

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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