pip·​pin | \ ˈpi-pən How to pronounce pippin (audio) \

Definition of pippin

1 : a crisp tart apple having usually yellow or greenish-yellow skin strongly flushed with red and used especially for cooking
2 : a highly admired or very admirable person or thing

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Since the late Middle Ages, English speakers have experimented with the use of the word pippin, which germinated from the Anglo-French word pepin, meaning "seed" or "pip of a fruit." "Pippin" has been used to refer to a part of a pea embryo, a grain of gold, and a grape, but those uses were not hardy enough to become firmly rooted in the English language. The word did take root, however, in the soil of the northern regions of England, where it is used to describe a small fruit seed. In addition, it has widespread use as the name of a crisp, tart apple and of a person who is unique, usually in a pleasant way.

Examples of pippin in a Sentence

gave a pippin of a commencement speech that earned a standing ovation

First Known Use of pippin

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pippin

Middle English pepin, from Anglo-French

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“Pippin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pippin. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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