noun, often attributive
pump·​kin | \ ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) , nonstandard ˈpəŋ-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

Definition of pumpkin

1a : a fruit of any of various cultivars of herbaceous plants (Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata, and C. mixta synonym C. argyrosperma) of the gourd family that is typically round and orange but may be another color or shape, that has a hard usually smooth skin with shallow longitudinal grooves, and that is grown for ornamental use or for its fibrous pale flesh used especially in baking or as feed for livestock
b : any of several annual chiefly trailing American plants that bear pumpkins
2 : a strong orange color

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Their younger sibling, baby Adrienne, sported a pumpkin get-up—and Madeleine, not to let the kids have all the fun, dressed up as a cat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Leonore Just Turned 5, and the Swedish Royal Family Celebrated by Sharing a Sweet New Photo," 21 Feb. 2019 In September 2017, Instagram user @xstardustgirlx conjured up her own vision of what a pumpkin spice eyeshadow palette might look like. Tess Garcia, Allure, "How to Shop Too Faced's Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice Makeup Collection," 1 Oct. 2018 When roaming around historic Hudson Valley in upstate New York, there is no shortage of things to do—from antique shopping on Warren Street to gorging on pumpkin tortelli at the beloved Fish & Game restaurant. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 During the 2006 season, more than 30,000 people came to the farm to buy pumpkins and participate in the fall festivities. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amy Roloff's Net Worth Goes Way Beyond 'Little People, Big World'," 2 Apr. 2019 While the unstoppable pumpkin spice latte is Starbucks’s most popular drink of all time, get this: according to analytics firm Second Measure, December is by far the company’s most profitable month. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "I Taste Tested the New Starbucks Juniper Latte So You Don’t Have To," 27 Nov. 2018 Not a pumpkin spice latte and not an eye shadow single. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette Prices Are Increasing — Here’s Why," 12 Oct. 2018 On Hillary Clinton’s 50th birthday in 1997, Sara Lee presented her with a six-foot-tall cake, weighing 300 pounds and featuring pumpkin spice and cream cheese filling. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "John Bryan Led Sara Lee and Raised Funds for Chicago’s Millennium Park," 4 Oct. 2018 If the ectoplasmic color is still too much of a turn-off, Disney offers other Halloween churros, including a pumpkin spice one with cream cheese frosting, and a Maleficent churro with marshmallow dip. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of pumpkin

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pumpkin

alteration of earlier pumpion, modification of French popon, pompon melon, pumpkin, from Latin pepon-, pepo, from Greek pepōn, from pepōn ripened; akin to Greek pessein to cook, ripen — more at cook

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pump·​kin | \ ˈpəmp-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

Kids Definition of pumpkin

: a usually large round orange fruit of a vine related to the squash and cucumber that is used for food or decoration


pump·​kin | \ ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

Medical Definition of pumpkin

: the usually round orange fruit of a vine (Cucurbita pepo) of the gourd family that is widely cultivated as food and is the source of pepo

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