apple

[ ap-uh l ]
/ ˈæp əl /

noun

Origin of apple

before 900; Middle English appel, Old English æppel; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Saxon apl, appul, Old High German apful (German Apfel), Crimean Gothic apel < Germanic *aplu (akin to Old Norse epli < *apljan); Old Irish ubull (neuter), Welsh afal, Breton aval < pre-Celtic *ǫblu; Lithuanian óbuolas, -ỹs, Latvian âbuol(i)s (with reshaped suffix), OPruss woble, perhaps Thracian (din)upla, (sin)upyla wild pumpkin, OCS (j)ablŭko (representing *ablŭ-ko, neuter) < Balto-Slavic *āblu-. Cf. Avalon
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British Dictionary definitions for apple

apple
/ (ˈæpəl) /

noun

a rosaceous tree, Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia but widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties, having pink or white fragrant flowers and firm rounded edible fruitsSee also crab apple
the fruit of this tree, having red, yellow, or green skin and crisp whitish flesh
the wood of this tree
any of several unrelated trees that have fruits similar to the apple, such as the custard apple, sugar apple, and May appleSee also love apple, oak apple, thorn apple
apple of one's eye a person or thing that is very precious or much loved
bad apple or rotten apple a person with a corrupting influence
See also apples

Word Origin for apple

Old English æppel; related to Old Saxon appel, Old Norse apall, Old High German apful
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Idioms and Phrases with apple

apple

In addition to the idioms beginning with apple

  • apple a day
  • apple of one's eye
  • apple polisher
  • apples and oranges

also see:

  • polish the apple
  • rotten apple
  • upset the applecart
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