fruit·​cake | \ ˈfrüt-ˌkāk How to pronounce fruitcake (audio) \

Definition of fruitcake

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Chef Robin McKay figured there must have been a reason why fruitcake, a long-running Christmas joke, was once considered a holiday requirement. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "These Delicious Christmas Pastries Rely on More Than Nostalgia," 6 Dec. 2019 Like many old-school holiday dishes, eggnog has, in the minds of many, been relegated to the same undesirable category as fruitcake (which, by the way, is delicious when made properly). Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "The Best Eggnog Tastes Like Melted Ice Cream Mixed With Booze," 13 Dec. 2019 The English celebrate the feast day in traditional English fashion with a rich, dense fruitcake. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "What Is Three Kings Day and When Do You Celebrate It?," 10 Dec. 2019 Here are eight suggestions, all special, all geared to providing a good time for just you or you and a bunch of your best buds, all happy to help bridge the gap between turkey dressing and Christmas fruitcake. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Thanksgiving is over. Now what? 8 things to do in Baltimore with (or without) your relatives," 29 Nov. 2019 Homemade, store-bought and sliced pies are all good to go in your carry-on, as are other baked goods like fruitcake. Anchorage Daily News, "The holiday foods you can and can’t carry on a plane, according to TSA," 19 Nov. 2019 Year after year, from childhood through senescence, our birthdays are accompanied by turkeys and fruitcake and mistletoe. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Here’s to the holiday birthday babies, who get neglected in this busy time of year," 8 Nov. 2019 From $40; Gethsemani Farms Panettone has long had a reputation as fruitcake’s stale Italian cousin. Kate Krader,, "The holiday foods you love to hate can actually be delicious," 9 Dec. 2019 Residents of Noel sent fruitcakes to Smith each year for many years. Lee Ann Murphy, USA TODAY, "Here's how a small town in Missouri became known as 'The Christmas City'," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fruitcake

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fruitcake was in 1824

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15 Jan 2020

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“Fruitcake.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitcake

: a very sweet cake that contains nuts, fruits, and spices
informal : a foolish, strange, or crazy person


fruit·​cake | \ ˈfrüt-ˌkāk How to pronounce fruitcake (audio) \

Kids Definition of fruitcake

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

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