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 Patriot made with Finlandia vodka, cranberry juice and Topo Chico grapefruit; and The Afterburner made with Flor de Cana rum and sour mix. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, "Hyundai Air & Sea Show® Returns To Miami Beach With New Foodie Options," 20 Apr. 2021 Both of Montemayor’s testicles immediately swelled, the right one growing to the size of a grapefruit, his lawsuit states. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Protester shot in testicles with LAPD projectile last summer files excessive force lawsuit," 12 Apr. 2021 Twenty years ago, Florida produced 223.3 million boxes of oranges and 46 million boxes of grapefruit, nearly five times the production from California. Jim Turner,, "California tops Florida in orange crop, U.S. estimate finds," 13 Apr. 2021 Light yellow; aromas of lemon peel, a hint of grapefruit and hints of green apple. Tom Hyland, Forbes, "New Releases From Champagne," 11 Apr. 2021 These shower bombs will fill your bathroom with lush scents like eucalyptus, lavender and grapefruit. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "20 Amazon products our readers couldn’t get enough of in March," 2 Apr. 2021 The flavor and sweetness of your grapefruit do not improve after harvesting. Tom Maccubbin,, "Citrus fruits ripe on the tree," 13 Mar. 2021 April Martin, corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Dallas division, said the grocery chain has seen gaps in grapefruit and citrus and will source from California for the remainder of the season. Washington Post, "Texas freeze killed winter produce, with some food prices expected to spike," 21 Feb. 2021 Imazalil, a fungicide used after harvest to keep fruits from molding on the way to market, was found on almost 90% of all the grapefruit, oranges, mandarins and lemons tested early this year by an independent laboratory commissioned by EWG. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Dirty Dozen 2021: View the list of foods with the most and least pesticides," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of grapefruit

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 May 2021

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“Grapefruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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