watermelon

noun
wa·​ter·​mel·​on | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of watermelon

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

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From filet mignon sandwiches and lobster rolls to pretty slices of watermelon radishes in place of chips with guacamole, there are easy ways to make your July 4 picnic – or any picnic – really sparkle. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Some good options: watermelon (duh), cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes,strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 Pumpkins, zucchini, and watermelons also go in this category. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Cucumber Are Fruits — Not Vegetables — And This Changes Everything," 10 Dec. 2018 Forget the watermelon skincare products that have taken our Instagram feeds by storm this summer. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Debuts New Watermelon Pink Hair Color," 6 Aug. 2018 For something lighter, order the watermelon salad with pomegranate, mint, and ricotta. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 The poke appetizer, which was notably spicy but tempered the heat with watermelon cubes that looked just like the raw tuna, was scrumptious. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 That has translated into a corkboard wall in one son’s room and a watermelon Quadrille crosshatch wallcovering in the daughter’s room. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Chic House Is Designed to Be a Playground—For Kids and Adults," 11 Mar. 2019 My uncle could tell when a watermelon was ripe by balancing the straw from a corn broom straight across the fruit. Mashama Bailey, Bon Appetit, "I Was Searching for a Cook Who Looked Like Me—Then I Found Edna Lewis," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of watermelon

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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watermelon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watermelon

: a large, round fruit that has hard, green skin, sweet, red, juicy flesh, and black seeds

watermelon

noun
wa·​ter·​mel·​on | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watermelon

: a large edible fruit with a hard rind and a sweet red juicy pulp

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