pumpkin

noun

pump·​kin ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio)
nonstandard
ˈpəŋ-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio)
often attributive
1
a
: 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 Give watermelon, pumpkins and vining squash plants plenty of room. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 The working farm grows corn, soybeans, cattle, apples, peaches, vegetables, and pumpkins, all while operating a farm market and kitchen. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2024 Plates such as roasted cod with fennel butter and smoked tomatoes and pumpkin, cavolo nero and peanut lean a little on Boxer’s London background and a little on the Experimental Group’s Parisian heritage. Sarah James, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Mar. 2024 Kelly's lawsuit argues that the problematic packaging extends to Reese's seasonal ghosts, bats and pumpkins — citing several YouTube videos of other customers complaining. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pumpkin 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pumpkin was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Pumpkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkin. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pumpkin

noun
pump·​kin ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio)
1
: the usually round orange fruit of a vine of the gourd family widely used as food
also : a fruit (as a crookneck squash) of a closely related vine
2
: a usually hairy prickly vine that produces pumpkins
3
: a strong orange color

Medical Definition

pumpkin

noun
pump·​kin ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio)
: 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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