[ ah-muhnd, am-uhnd; spelling pronunciation al-muhnd ]
/ ˈɑ mənd, ˈæm ənd; spelling pronunciation ˈæl mənd /
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the nutlike kernel of the fruit of either of two trees, Prunus dulcis(sweet almond ) or P. dulcis amara(bitter almond ), which grow in warm temperate regions.
the tree itself.
a delicate, pale tan.
anything shaped like an almond, especially an ornament.


of the color, taste, or shape of an almond.
made or flavored with almonds: almond cookies.



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Origin of almond

1250–1300; Middle English almande<Old French (dial.) alemande, probably by transposition of -la<Late Latin amandula, with assimilative replacement of the unfamiliar cluster and adaptation to a known suffix, representing Latin amygdala<Greek amygdálē; replacing Old English amigdal<Latin
al·mond·like, al·mond·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for almond

/ (ˈɑːmənd) /


a small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nutlike seed
the oval-shaped nutlike edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell
(modifier) made of or containing almondsalmond cake Related adjectives: amygdaline, amygdaloid
  1. a pale yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)almond wallpaper
Also called: almond green
  1. yellowish-green colour
  2. (as adjective)an almond skirt
anything shaped like an almond nut
C13: from Old French almande, from Medieval Latin amandula, from Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē
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