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
Recent Examples on the Web Sample limited edition beers aged and infused with special ingredients, such as chocolate, pineapple, black pepper or cherry vanilla. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg Winter Festival, Frozen Firkins, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 Feb. 2020 Ochoa’s last meal consisted of beef tacos with cheese and salsa, ranchero beans, steamed rice, carrots, flour tortillas, meatloaf, tomato gravy, mashed potatoes, green salad, pineapple, a slice of bread, punch and tea. Imelda García, Dallas News, "‘Justice has been done’: Relatives of Oak Cliff massacre victims satisfied with killer’s execution," 8 Feb. 2020 The balloon house in Up, SpongeBob Squarepants’s underwater pineapple, and the Lars Homestead in Star Wars were also homes people want to live in. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Fictional House People Most Want to Live in Is...Wayne Manor?," 29 Jan. 2020 In a back room, the gun-rights activists ate from plates piled with egg rolls, breaded shrimp, lo mein, peanut brittle, pineapple, and French fries. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A New Backlash to Gun Control Begins in Virginia," 28 Jan. 2020 The best fruits for the first two phases are lower in fructose, which include blueberries, kiwi, mandarins, oranges, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, and rhubarb. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The Low FODMAP Diet Is the Latest Health Craze, But Is It Actually Good for You?," 26 Jan. 2020 Fillings include Nutella, mac and cheese, pesto chicken, roasted peppers, meatballs, chorizo, pineapple, figs and so many cheeses. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "All calzones all the time at new Sauce on the Side restaurant in downtown Indianapolis," 23 Jan. 2020 Drinks The Spirit of Saint Tran Lime, pineapple, litchi, fresh herb, and oolong tea enliven this rum cocktail named for a 13th-century Vietnamese general. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "From Fast Pho to Sizzling Crêpes, 16 Vietnamese Recipes That’ll Have You Pining for Saigon," 22 Jan. 2020 Bernardo Nava, sommelier at Chica Las Vegas suggests Piper-Heidsieck’s Sublime Demi-Sec for the job, thanks to its notes of candied citrus, pineapple, and cinnamon. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Foods to Pair with Champagne," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pineapple

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Pineapple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pineapple. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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pineapple

noun
How to pronounce pineapple (audio)

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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