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 For such a moneymaker, though, pumpkin spice is rather divisive. Joseph Errico, Marie Claire, "Pumpkin Spice: The Ultimate Fall Palette," 5 Oct. 2020 Other flavors, such as pumpkin spice and eggnog with toppings like cookies and fruit, can be preordered. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy couple is opening a homemade pudding cafe," 2 Oct. 2020 The convenience store chain 7-Eleven has also rolled out its pumpkin spice coffee. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Sonic adds Halloween-inspired dessert drinks with Oreos, M&M's, and Snickers folded in," 27 Sep. 2020 The restaurant is serving up a pumpkin spice latte available in the restaurant or curbside, according to its Facebook page. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Where to find fall-flavored treats in Grapevine," 17 Sep. 2020 Beat in salt, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 6 tablespoons butter until smooth, 1 minute. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Pumpkin-Spiced Buns with Spiderweb Glaze," 7 Sep. 2020 Turn up the air conditioning, light a pumpkin spice candle, and put on nothing but a sweater. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Hot Labor Day Sex Tips To End Summer 2020 With A Bang," 4 Sep. 2020 Autumnal Equinox Lovers of sweater weather, leaf-peeping, and all things pumpkin spice — rejoice! Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, "How to See the Celestial Events, Rocket Launches, and More Happening in September," 29 Aug. 2020 Classic pumpkin carving is still very much an option. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Here’s What to Consider Before Trick-or-Treating This Year, According to the CDC," 27 Sep. 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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“Pumpkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkin. Accessed 25 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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