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

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Traditionally, royal weddings have included fruitcakes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Every Single Time Meghan Markle's Broken Royal Protocol," 16 July 2018 Transform these holiday classics into a variety of flavorful versions (including fruitcake crisps!). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Magical Sugar Cookies," 28 Nov. 2018 Whether or not Harry and Meghan will opt out of fruitcake, however, is another matter. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle May Break With This Royal—and Societal—Tradition at Her Wedding," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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
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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