pa·​pa·​ya pə-ˈpī-ə How to pronounce papaya (audio)
: a tropical American tree (Carica papaya of the family Caricaceae, the papaya family) having an oblong to globose yellow edible fruit with numerous black seeds in a central cavity
also : its fruit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lemon Starburst aromas combine with shades of French bread and papaya notes on the nose. Tan Vinh And Owen Bargreen, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2022 Kiwi and papaya condition your pup's coat while nourishing dry skin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 That’s because it has been thoughtfully created to cleanse and then strengthen hair with natural ingredients like pea proteins, amino acids, and powerful enzymes from pineapple and papaya. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Behind the bar, bartender Angie Martinez draws up latte art and pours glasses of papaya juice. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2022 There are mango trees, orange trees and papaya as well as plants and bushes that produce lemon, pineapple, sweet potato and watermelon. Kevin Monahan, NBC news, 26 Sep. 2022 Anyone want a papaya? From a viewer's perspective, there was both good and bad in this week's immunity challenge. Dalton Ross,, 17 Nov. 2022 Breakfast consists of eggs, a meat like bison, a complex carb like oatmeal, and fruit, usually either papaya or blueberries. Christine Byrne, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 Rich aromas of butter, honey, salt, gooseberries and papaya. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish, of American Indian origin; akin to Arawak papáia papaya

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papaya was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Papaya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


pa·​pa·​ya pə-ˈpī-ə How to pronounce papaya (audio)
: an oblong edible yellow fruit with many black seeds that grows on a tropical American tree with large leaves
also : the tree

Medical Definition


pa·​pa·​ya pə-ˈpī-ə How to pronounce papaya (audio)
: a tropical American tree of the genus Carica (C. papaya) with large oblong yellow edible fruit
also : its fruit which is the source of papain

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