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

Examples of watermelon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The culprit, of course, is the seedless watermelon. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020 Mo’Nique took a break from grilling watermelon to address weak tea. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Mo’Nique Addresses Rumors She Might Join 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta'," 10 July 2020 The drink menu features three champagnes by the bottle, beers by the can or by the bottle and cocktails like the Mezcal Margarita with fresh watermelon syrup, orange liqueur and lime juice. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Goode Company Restaurants to launch Goode Bird new fried chicken to go concept," 10 July 2020 Why not add watermelon, summer’s fruit mascot, to the mix? Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Is Ceviche?," 10 July 2020 Summery watermelon gets a savory topping in goat cheese swirled with herbs. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Dress up your at-home dinner with these simple, pretty recipes," 9 July 2020 Added to a drink—even just with club soda—the fruity notes, like Japanese melon, white grapes, and pickled watermelon rind, come through nicely. Timothy Latterner, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Stock a Bar Cart to Recreate Cocktails from Around the World At Home," 7 July 2020 The 16 offerings include the Pussycat watermelon vodka/pina colada liqueur; Whipped Chocolate whipped cream vodka/chocolate cream liqueur; the Rattlesnake tequila/lime liqueur; and Strawberry Sundae strawberry vodka/vanilla cream liqueur. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Cocktail ice pops and boozy ice cream: These takes on summer faves were made for the heat," 5 July 2020 The cultivation of a watermelon plant is pretty straightforward. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of watermelon

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jul 2020

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“Watermelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermelon. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watermelon

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


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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