Definition of gourd
1 : any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin
2 : the fruit of a gourd : pepo; especially : any of various hard-rinded inedible fruits of plants of two genera (Lagenaria and Cucurbita) often used for ornament or for vessels and utensils
out of one's gourdor less commonly
off one's gourd
Recent Examples of gourd from the Web
Rascher said her mother also took to craft projects involving gourds, and her parents became members of the American Gourd Society.
Every surface stretched gleamingly into the distance: the countertops, the professional range, the island with its basket of gourds, French press and sticks of burning Frankincense.
Sort of like a ’60s-era Twiggy, only transported to 2011 and juiced out of her gourd on Muscle Milk.
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Origin and Etymology of gourd
Middle English gourde, from Anglo-French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
GOURD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gourd for English Language Learners
: any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating
GOURD Defined for Kids
Definition of gourd for Students
: an inedible fruit with a hard rind and many seeds that grows on a vine, is related to the pumpkin and melon, and is often used for decoration or for making objects (as bowls)
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