pineapple

noun
pine·ap·ple | \ˈpī-ˌna-pəl \

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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Katharine McPhee was finally able to accurately say the name of everyone's favorite pineapple-residing sponge. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Katharine McPhee Finally Pronounced 'Spongebob Squarepants' Correctly at the Tony Awards," 11 June 2018 Most inventive beer: Swooly is a tongue-in-cheek imperial Kolsch that is fruited with pineapple, mango and orange, then heated with jalapenos. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about 3rd Turn Brewing, a craft brewery in Louisville," 4 Mar. 2018 The seasonal will share the year with a pineapple IPA, which will come out in a week and a half on draft. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Thirsty Dog, Applebee's ink deal over Blood Orange IPA," 19 Jan. 2018 Some proceeds from this mango-pineapple-vanilla milkshake IPA’s sales benefit the Sacramento Zoo’s work with black-and-white ruffled lemurs. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018 But this version was peppered with pineapple bits, and robustly seasoned. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Grilled peaches and pineapple seemed to be the extent of it. Heather Platt, latimes.com, "Grilling your desserts (brownies!) with pastry chef Valerie Gordon," 6 July 2018 There’s also a mozzarella bar, and for those who prefer stronger diversions, pineapple daiquiris and bottled Negronis. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Schlow cooks up a taste of the Mediterranean at Eataly," 5 July 2018 Flavors are expanding beyond dusty stalwarts like pineapple to include kalamata olive, habanero chile or cumin. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 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 \

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 \

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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