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 The scent is a dreamy mix of grapefruit, cardamom, rose, and geranium. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 The on-site restaurant Vaga, helmed by chef Claudette Zepeda, pairs the menu to the seaside views with dishes like yellowtail crudo and mushroom tostadas and cocktails like the gin- and grapefruit-based Sunday Namaste. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Pink grapefruit, bergamot, and cardamom blend to create an uplifting but subtle fragrance. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 The golden Mimosa, sparkling grapefruit, crisp bergamot, and heady tuberose notes evoke the feeling of a perfect summer day, while delicate rose centifolia adds soft femininity. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 28 Mar. 2022 Other than breakfast, which is supposed to be a half grapefruit and something called Arti-Stix—which may not have survived the 1970s—the rest of the day is hot dogs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, 24 Feb. 2022 As a bonus, this product also contains revitalizing and awakening pink grapefruit that infuses the skin with natural Vitamin C and antioxidants that help heal and restore the skin back. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Pairings include Soul & Smoke’s jerk lamb chop with Turner Haus Brewery’s Helen grapefruit lager and Moor’s session ale with a short rib emparogi from Polombia. Samantha Nelson,, 8 Apr. 2022 Try using or combining blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges, mandarins and pink grapefruit. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grapefruit

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Grapefruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of grapefruit

: a large citrus fruit with yellow skin

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