du·​ri·​an ˈdu̇r-ē-ən How to pronounce durian (audio)
 also  ˈdyu̇r-
: a large oval tasty but foul-smelling fruit with a prickly rind
: a southeast Asian tree (Durio zibethinus) of the silk-cotton family that bears durians

Examples of durian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During Li’s visit, China agreed to allow imports of fresh Malaysian durian, a spiky pungent fruit increasingly popular with Chinese consumers. Amanda Gerut, Fortune Asia, 18 June 2024 One Whole Durian, in a Gift Box One whole durian, in a gift box ($134). Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2023 Farmers are felling coffee trees traditionally grown in this cool hilly region to plant spiky durians, pungent fruits that have become wildly popular in China. Jon Emont, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2023 Supermarkets stack suitcases for sale next to carts of durians. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Oct. 2023 My castmates were all talking about [the Southeast Asian fruit] durian a couple of days ago. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 13 July 2023 Or Tor Kor fruit market, where masses of Chinese tourists would once gather around tables eating durian, business has ground to a halt. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 Hazmat crews scoured the space; the source was again a durian. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Today Brad and Ayesha sample 7 kinds of tropical fruit, from cracking open coconuts and odoriferous durian to tackling dragon fruit and an African kiwano. Mike Rose, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021

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Word History



First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of durian was in 1588

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“Durian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durian. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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