pome·​gran·​ate ˈpä-mə-ˌgra-nət How to pronounce pomegranate (audio)
ˈpəm- How to pronounce pomegranate (audio)
: a several-celled reddish berry that is about the size of an orange with a thick leathery skin and many seeds with pulpy crimson arils of tart flavor
: a widely cultivated tropical Asian tree (Punica granatum of the family Punicaceae) bearing pomegranates

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The balm-like formula allows your thighs to glide past each other while aloe, pomegranate, and grapeseed oils keep your skin hydrated. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Mar. 2023 Packaged and sized perfectly for stocking inclusion, NEST's holiday-scented votive features warm notes of pomegranate, pine, cloves, and cinnamon. Jaimie Potters, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022 The fruity flavors of pomegranate, passion fruit, watermelon and grapefruit will send you to iced drink heaven. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 14 Aug. 2022 Studies have shown that pomegranate can have a positive effect on blood flow by improving blood vessel function and reducing oxidative stress in the body. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2023 In Adhamiya, one of Baghdad’s oldest neighborhoods, one longtime resident, Nofa Abbas, walked in what was left of her family’s garden, pointing out pink jasmine, lilies, pomegranate, date palm and magnolia trees. Yasmine Mosimann Emily Garthwaite, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 These include 1500 mg of CBD along with apple cider vinegar, organic pomegranate, and vitamin B12. Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2022 Cut your pomegranate in half and hold it over a bowl. Lara Johnson-wheeler, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2023 Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Chicken & Pomegranate Recipe Mini Puppy Dry Dog Food is made with high-quality ingredients, including chicken and pomegranate. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English poumgrenet, from Anglo-French pome garnette, literally, seedy fruit

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomegranate was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pomegranate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomegranate. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a reddish fruit about the size of an orange that has a thick leathery skin and many seeds in a pulp of tart flavor
also : a tropical Asian tree that produces pomegranates

Middle English poumgrenet "pomegranate," from early French pomme garnette "pomegranate," literally, "seedy fruit"; pomme from earlier pome "apple" and grenate derived from Latin granum "grain, seed" — related to garnet, grain, grenade see Word History at garnet

Medical Definition


: a tart thick-skinned several-celled reddish berry that is about the size of an orange
: a widely cultivated tropical Old World tree (Punica granatum of the family Punicaceae) bearing pomegranates and having bark and roots which were formerly used in dried form as a taeniacide

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