wa·​ter·​mel·​on ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio)
: a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds
: a widely cultivated African vine (Citrullus lanatus synonym C. vulgaris) of the gourd family that bears watermelons

Examples of watermelon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But picking the perfect watermelon is not always easy. Sherri Gordon, Health, 9 July 2024 Exclusively available on Aura Bora’s website, the flavor is made with watermelon, ancho chili, and lime extracts. Audrey Lee, Architectural Digest, 5 July 2024 He was last seen wearing gray shorts, a black T-shirt with watermelon imprints, green shoes, a black and blue Paw Patrol drawstring bag and carrying an Ohio water bottle, the alert states. Julianna O'Clair, The Denver Post, 25 June 2024 Recipe tested by Southern Living Test Kitchen Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 5 cups (3/4-in.) seeded watermelon cubes 1 1/2 lbs. Bill Smith, Southern Living, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for watermelon 

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of watermelon was in 1598

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“Watermelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermelon. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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wa·​ter·​mel·​on ˈwȯt-ər-ˌmel-ən How to pronounce watermelon (audio)
: a large oblong or rounded fruit with a hard outer shell, a sweet red juicy pulp, and usually many seeds
: a widely grown African vine of the gourd family that produces watermelons

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