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 Smith grows everything from tomatoes and watermelon to kale and collard greens, with mentoring from higher-level apprentices. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 The celebration will feature a traditional Juneteenth menu of BBQ ribs, potato salad, collard greens, peach cobbler and sweet potato pie, watermelon, organizers said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 Juicy watermelon pairs brilliantly with feta cheese and fresh herbs in this sweet and savory summer salad. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 24 May 2021 For the record, Gallagher needs a large wooden mallet to crush a watermelon. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 Customers can choose from a skinny, watermelon or two house margaritas. Grab your favorite ice cream flavor at Marble Slab Creamery. Teresa Velasco, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2021 All cacao isn't the same size, but the fruits, the weight and the kind of mass is between a cantaloupe or a honeydew and a watermelon. Téa Francesca Price, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021 Then, for dessert, chocolate chip cookies or watermelon. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 7 May 2021 Lone Star Agave Seltzer stands out with a refreshing swagger tailored to the tastes of Texans in lime and watermelon flavors. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of watermelon

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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8 Jun 2021

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“Watermelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermelon. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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