grape·​fruit | \ ˈgrāp-ˌfrüt How to pronounce grapefruit (audio) \

Definition of grapefruit

1 plural grapefruit or grapefruits : a large round citrus fruit with a bitter yellow rind and a juicy somewhat tart pale yellow, pink, or reddish pulp
2 : a small citrus tree (Citrus paradisi) that produces grapefruit

Examples of grapefruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web East Coast Crush BrewDog, Columbus, New England-style India Pale Ale, 4.8% alcohol Citrus and grapefruit hit you in this very hazy, low-alcohol ale that has a lingering finish. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 beers to try in May (photos)," 10 May 2020 In July 2018, a renowned medical team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., spent two days performing a highly complicated surgery to remove a grapefruit-size tumor on Meyer’s spine. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "D-FW execs fight to keep the lights on as they face a common enemy," 5 Apr. 2020 There’s the grapefruit that makes her think of Graham and Lane. Washington Post, "Cherishing human connections in the time of coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 Fresh, whole lemons, limes, grapefruit — keep them handy, and change them up. Clay Risen, New York Times, "How to Stock Your Liquor Cabinet," 24 Apr. 2020 This one is all about lemon and grapefruit pith, with healthy carbonation, a delicious drinker made with Citra and Mosaic hops. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 beers to try in April (photos)," 12 Apr. 2020 This wine is evidence: lemony, waxy and very refreshing, showing grapefruit pith and pine-resin flavors. Esther Mobley,, "The coronavirus wine diaries, volume 2," 9 Apr. 2020 Diet books from the 1970s heavily feature carob, Tab, and grapefruit. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "I’m a Fat Activist and I Collect Vintage Diet Books," 3 Apr. 2020 Black cherry, mango and ruby grapefruit are its top-selling flavors, White Claw said. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "White Claw adds three new fan-demanded flavors," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of grapefruit

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grapefruit was in 1814

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19 May 2020

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“Grapefruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grapefruit

: a large yellow citrus fruit


grape·​fruit | \ ˈgrāp-ˌfrüt How to pronounce grapefruit (audio) \

Kids Definition of grapefruit

: a large citrus fruit with yellow skin

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