watermelon

noun

wa·​ter·​mel·​on ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio)
ˈwä-
1
: 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
2
: a widely cultivated African vine (Citrullus lanatus synonym C. vulgaris) of the gourd family that bears watermelons

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In demonstrating the product, Gallagher produced a series of increasingly larger fruits and vegetables — almost always culminating with a watermelon — and bashed them with the hammer, typically spraying the front row with chunks. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2022 Gallagher, who became one of the most recognizable comedians of the 1980s for an outrageous act that always concluded with him smashing a watermelon with a sledgehammer, died Friday at his home in Palm Springs, California. Douglas Martin, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 Instead of toting a whole watermelon to your outdoor 4th of July party, bring this refreshing summer beverage in our Better Homes and Gardens glass dispenser ($13, Walmart) instead. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2022 In the mix, there is a T-shirt dress with a light elastic waist in a charming watermelon pink with grape illustrations, an itty-bitty sherpa jacket, and a set of off-white cotton shorts and a camp shirt that is printed with heart doodles. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 12 Aug. 2022 Tomato pairs beautifully with other summer fruits, so mixing them with watermelon, fresh herbs like mint and/or basil, and a piece of salty cheese like goat or maybe feta is also wonderful, McCabe said. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 9 Aug. 2022 This dish stars heirloom tomatoes along with fellow summer staple watermelon. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 But figuring out what is fun and worthwhile (a miniature watermelon is my favorite for mellow routes) and what will be a total flop requires some trial and error. The Editors, Outside Online, 30 May 2022 One letter appears to be designed like a watermelon. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watermelon was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Watermelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermelon. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

watermelon

noun

wa·​ter·​mel·​on ˈwȯt-ər-ˌmel-ən How to pronounce watermelon (audio)
ˈwät-
1
: a large oblong or rounded fruit with a hard outer shell, a sweet red juicy pulp, and usually many seeds
2
: a widely grown African vine of the gourd family that produces watermelons

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