fruit·cake | \ˈfrüt-ˌkāk \

Definition of fruitcake 

1 : a rich cake containing nuts, dried or candied fruits, and spices

Examples of fruitcake in a Sentence

some fruitcake who insisted that he was an alien from another planet the reclusive scientist has been called a loose cannon and a fruitcake by his detractors

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Wedding fruitcake was also initially embraced by American colonists, but eventually sponge cake became the norm. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Wedding Cake British Royals Have Been Serving for Centuries," 25 Jan. 2018 Ever since Queen Victoria’s time, a rich fruitcake has been the English wedding cake of choice, Cairns explains. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Baker Reveals What It's Really Like to Make a Royal Wedding Cake," 9 Apr. 2018 The 1910 building, which initially was a fruitcake factory, has been equipped with eight pods for rent, each one with a vented hood. Polly Campbell,, "New incubator kitchen and foodie hangout from owners of Eli's at Oakley Kitchen," 19 Apr. 2018 Even Kate and William’s eight-layer confection was, beneath the fondant, fruitcake—that mortar-like substance dating from at least the mid-Renaissance. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 The slice of fruitcake, made by Fiona Cairns, is contained within a presentation tin that was given to guests and dignitaries at the April 29, 2011, wedding. Adrian Hearn, Fox News, "Cake from royal weddings of William and Kate, Charles and Diana being auctioned off," 4 May 2018 Princess Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding to Philip featured a nine-foot-tall, 500-pound tower of a fruitcake covered in royal icing. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why This Year’s Royal Wedding Cake Won’t Be a Disgusting Fruitcake," 17 May 2018 Radiate is a portable campfire in a can that’s roughly the size of a fruitcake tin. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts—for $45 or Less," 11 June 2018 Traditionally, the royal wedding cake is fruitcake. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of fruitcake

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitcake

: a very sweet cake that contains nuts, fruits, and spices

: a foolish, strange, or crazy person


fruit·cake | \ˈfrüt-ˌkāk \

Kids Definition of fruitcake

: a rich cake containing nuts, dried or candied fruits, and spices

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to reject or criticize sharply

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