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 Downing had a slice of watermelon and stayed to hug friends. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Most members of the watermelon’s genus, Citrullus, have bitter flesh. New York Times, 28 May 2021 The pool of blood had turned into an abscess the size of a small watermelon, requiring a blood transfusion, surgery and six weeks of antibiotics. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Enticing the palate with notes of cherry, watermelon and citrus. al, 18 Aug. 2021 There are a number of ways to make this granita, but my favorite is to cut watermelon into chunks, discard the rind, and put the pieces in a bag in the freezer for a few hours. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2021 The Kaycee Mac Sparkling Rosé is another winner, with bright red mountain berries, tart cherries, and wild strawberries that are amped up with watermelon and fresh-squeezed grapefruit, and finish with a hint of flowers and a deep mineral cut. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 17 June 2021 His parents were farmers who grew chickpeas, watermelon and wheat and raised goats. Time, 11 June 2021 It’s not only firm but also appealingly salty and tangy, entirely distinct from milky, buttery paneer and mild mozzarella—a happy companion to juicy, sweet ingredients, like watermelon and figs. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of watermelon

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Watermelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermelon. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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