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

Examples of pumpkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three corn mazes, wagon rides to and from a 25-acre pumpkin patch and games. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "The spooky show must go on: Halloween events and attractions in southeast Michigan," 22 Oct. 2020 In addition, the usual attractions of rides, petting farm animals, the pumpkin patch and fairy forest will be available to enjoy. Janet Kusterer, baltimoresun.com, "Little Market Cafe in Ellicott City hosting comedy show, courtyard concert | Mostly Main," 22 Oct. 2020 Givens grew in the pumpkin patch at his Gravel Hill Road residence, including a state record 1,436 pounder in 2015. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, National Cherry Blossom Festival, giant pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 22 Oct. 2020 Is nothing, not even the quest for a pumpkin patch sincere enough to draw the Great Pumpkin to its leafy environs, sacred. Julie Hinds Detroit, chicagotribune.com, "‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ won’t air on CBS this year, moves to AppleTV+," 21 Oct. 2020 Is nothing, not even the quest for a pumpkin patch sincere enough to draw the Great Pumpkin to its leafy environs, sacred. al, "Good grief! ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ moving to AppleTV+," 21 Oct. 2020 With the spread of COVID-19 increasing, Trinity Falls opted to host a drive-through pumpkin patch with appointments to limit the number of people gathered. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Pumpkin patch drive-through in McKinney raises thousands for CASA," 20 Oct. 2020 Magnolia’s First Baptist Church will offer a pumpkin patch at various times continuing through Oct. 31. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "Oct. 21-31: Drive thru trick-or-treat events planned in northwest Houston area," 20 Oct. 2020 Includes trick-or-treating, treat bag decorating, fun games, costume contest, cookie decorating, food and a pumpkin patch. Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Friends need volunteers, Halloween events are afoot, vintner dinners continue," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Pumpkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkin. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for pumpkin


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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