pineapple

noun
pine·​ap·​ple | \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl How to pronounce pineapple (audio) \

Definition of pineapple

1a : a tropical monocotyledonous plant (Ananas comosus of the family Bromeliaceae, the pineapple family) that has rigid spiny-margined recurved leaves and a short stalk with a dense oblong head of small abortive flowers
b : the large edible multiple fruit of the pineapple that consists of the sweet succulent fleshy inflorescence
2 : a hand grenade

Examples of pineapple in a Sentence

a can of chopped pineapple

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Place pineapple, brown sugar, and 2 Tbsp water in a small saucepan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream," 20 May 2019 Their bestselling Freel Shorts, which come in pineapple, cactus, or brontosaurus prints, have nearly sold out. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Wild Rye Is Making Our Favorite Women's MTB Apparel," 17 May 2018 And more than 80% of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages tested negative for pesticide residues. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 The pineapples were two for 50 pesos — about $2.70. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "Landon Donovan’s Continuing Education," 23 Mar. 2018 His time on the island has allowed him to nurture an organic orchard that will eventually produce everything from pineapple to eggplant. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 The infusions serve as a basis for a range of cocktails, such as the El Distrito (a version of a Manhattan) or, yes, a margarita (which combines any infusion with fresh lime, pineapple and orange juices plus Cointreau). Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 Pastry options generally include fresh fruit danishes, pineapple and blueberry scones, and refrigerated cake squares in flavors like guava, chocolate haupia and chantilly (a macadamia nut version of German chocolate). Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore The hotel’s Explorers Restaurant will be offering a special drink, the Liberty for All, combining vodka, run, tequila and grenadine, plus cranberry, pineapple and orange juices. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Where to find the best view of Baltimore's Fourth of July fireworks," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of pineapple

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pineapple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pineapple

: a large fruit that grows on a tropical tree and that has thick skin and very sweet, juicy, yellow flesh

pineapple

noun
pine·​ap·​ple | \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl How to pronounce pineapple (audio) \

Kids Definition of pineapple

: a large fruit that grows on a tropical plant and has a thick skin and sweet juicy yellow flesh

pineapple

noun
pine·​ap·​ple | \ ˈpī-ˌnap-əl How to pronounce pineapple (audio) \

Medical Definition of pineapple

1 : a tropical monocotyledonous plant (Ananas comosus of the family Bromeliaceae, the pineapple family) that has rigid spiny-margined recurved leaves and a short stalk with a dense oblong head of small abortive flowers
2 : the multiple fruit of the pineapple that consists of the succulent fleshy inflorescence and whose juice is the source of the proteolytic enzyme bromelain

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