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

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Choose from the wide selection of Champagnes, or try the Death to Water cocktail with CH Aquavit, Cocchi Americano, St. Germain and grapefruit bitters ($13). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Party like a Parisian on Bastille Day with French food, cinema and activities," 11 July 2017 Add egg yolks and grapefruit zest and juice and whisk to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets," 8 Mar. 2019 Plus, this immune-boosting salad is rich in vitamin C, thanks to blood oranges and grapefruit. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Red Citrus Salad with Berries, Pears and Pomegranates," 9 Jan. 2019 The aromatics of the grapefruit and thyme add depth to the otherwise simple cocktail. Sonia Rao,, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 The specials list is often full of surprises, including my first taste of slender cornet fish, whose dusky flesh has a firm texture without being too chewy, and which was smartly contrasted by minty shiso oil and juicy bursts of ruby grapefruit. Craig Laban,, "At Old City's Tuna Bar, sushi, a sleek space, and a side of Fujianese family flavors," 15 Mar. 2018 Foot stays inline with the hip, point the toe, and exhale to lift 10 times, keep foot in line with the hip, keep toe pointed, and make circles about the size of a grapefruit 5 times in each direction. Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Year's resolution: Pilates lengthens, strengthens, balances body," 9 Jan. 2018 Think lime wedges squeezed on Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork or slices of grapefruit in Slow-Cooked White Fish with Charred Cabbage or a squeeze of lemon over Chickpea and Celery Soup with Garlic-Chile Oil. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "5 Ways to Master Healthy Cooking in 2018," 4 Jan. 2018 The first formulation, High Rhode, with notes of licorice and grapefruit, found its way into a Listen Bar drink called What’s Ur Rising Sign. Julia Bainbridge, WSJ, "What Do You Call a Bar Without Booze?," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of grapefruit

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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