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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LaCroix comes in a variety of fanciful flavors including pamplemousse, which is French for grapefruit, and blackberry cucumber. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "LaCroix Fights Sales Drop as Rivals Bubble Up," 26 June 2019 The first glass tastes of the anise that floats on top, the next, poured 15 or 20 minutes later, is more lemony, with hints of blueberry, the last one is more grapefruit, and a more rounded, completely infused drink. Polly Campbell,, "Meet the super-fancy cocktails at this new bar in Walnut Hills," 20 June 2019 Each pack contains two: one for smaller fruits, like limes or tangerines, and another with a longer stem for plump lemons, grapefruits, and oranges. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Citrus spritzes, straight from the source," 10 June 2019 On tap: Box Car American pale ale, with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine; Golden Spike, a double India pale ale punched with tropical pineapple flavors; and Life on the Rind, a watermelon and lime kettle sour ale infused with vanilla bean. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 The fanny pack comes in a kitschy grapefruit or a (temporarily sold out) iridescent mermaid scale patterns. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Target's Fanny Pack Wine Cooler Is the Only Accessory You Need This Summer," 31 May 2019 Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water). Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Villar Perosa, a drink with gin, elderflower liquor, grapefruit, and prosecco. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Just the Cocktails to Order When You Need a Drink During New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2018 Appetizers might include peanut Ritz Crackers with foie gras, king crab with leeks and grapefruit, and slow-roasted sunchokes with pumpkin seed oil and apple. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Gem, From 19-Year-Old Chef Flynn McGarry, Opens in the Lower East Side," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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