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 Its Fall Festival includes a pallet maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides and petting zoo. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 From a nearly nude dress at Austin City Limits music festival, a crop top moment that deserved ALL of the fire emojis, and an absolutely adorable pumpkin patch look, LeAnn's outfits never cease to find their way onto our fashion inspiration board. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 12 Nov. 2021 So unless and until additional intermediaries emerge to bridge the on-the-job training gap, more new nurses will be like Linus in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 After hitting the parade on Thursday, Castiglione said their weekend plans include a pumpkin patch and more trick-or-treating. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Between taking a trip to a pumpkin patch, tailgating, and refreshing your home with autumnal decor, there are plenty of fun activities to make the most of fall. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Where: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, 1919 Ninth St., Calera. What to expect: Train ride through Shelby County, visit to pumpkin patch with family-friendly activities. Admission: $17-$35. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 28 Oct. 2021 Hillview Stables typically offers attractions like hayrides, a petting zoo and a pumpkin patch around this time of year. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 27 Oct. 2021 The Pumpkin Patch features more than 80 animals of 15 species, fun farm activities, and llamas roaming the pumpkin patch. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2021

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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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“Pumpkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkin. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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