- well or fine; under control.
- the usually round, red or yellow, edible fruit of a small tree, Malus sylvestris, of the rose family.
- the tree, cultivated in most temperate regions.
- the fruit of any of certain other species of tree of the same genus.
- any of these trees.
- any of various other similar fruits, or fruitlike products or plants, as the custard apple, love apple, May apple, or oak apple.
- anything resembling an apple in size and shape, as a ball, especially a baseball.
- Bowling. an ineffectively bowled ball.
- Slang. a red capsule containing a barbiturate, especially secobarbital.
Origin of apple
Examples from the Web for apples
Once hot, add the shallots, apples, cranberries, and remaining cranberry juice to the pan.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
There is a distinct smell of apples, which are handed out by volunteer workers.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Apples uses his journals to take us back to the sudden loss of his 18-year-old son.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
Next to appear are his pretty, teenage daughters, whom he calls the apples of his eye.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Wedding season is upon us, and it is time to start polishing those golden apples, beloveds.The First-World Anarchist’s Guide to Weddings
Kelly Williams Brown
May 31, 2014
Winter pears, however, may be stored, for they keep like apples.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The first evening reading had been commenced with nuts and apples.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Apples in some form or other are commonly served with goose.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It was suggested by a plate of apples that he happened to spy on the mantel-piece.
Many of them returned no more; none of them brought back the apples.
- See apples and pears
- she's apples Australian and NZ informal all is going well
- 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
Word Origin and History for apples
Old English æppel "apple; any kind of fruit; fruit in general," from Proto-Germanic *ap(a)laz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Norse eple, Old High German apful, German Apfel), from PIE *ab(e)l "apple" (cf. Gaulish avallo "fruit;" Old Irish ubull, Lithuanian obuolys, Old Church Slavonic jabloko "apple"), but the exact relation and original sense of these is uncertain (cf. melon).
A roted eppel amang þe holen, makeþ rotie þe yzounde. ["Ayenbite of Inwit," 1340]
In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (e.g. Old English fingeræppla "dates," literally "finger-apples;" Middle English appel of paradis "banana," c.1400). Hence its grafting onto the unnamed "fruit of the forbidden tree" in Genesis. Cucumbers, in one Old English work, are eorþæppla, literally "earth-apples" (cf. French pomme de terre "potato," literally "earth-apple;" see also melon). French pomme is from Latin pomum "apple; fruit" (see Pomona).
As far as the forbidden fruit is concerned, again, the Quran does not mention it explicitly, but according to traditional commentaries it was not an apple, as believed by Christians and Jews, but wheat. ["The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity," Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 2002]
Apple of Discord (c.1400) was thrown into the wedding of Thetis and Peleus by Eris (goddess of chaos and discord), who had not been invited, and inscribed kallisti "To the Prettiest One." Paris, elected to choose which goddess should have it, gave it to Aphrodite, offending Hera and Athene, with consequences of the Trojan War, etc.
Apple of one's eye (Old English), symbol of what is most cherished, was the pupil, supposed to be a globular solid body. Apple-polisher "one who curries favor" first attested 1928 in student slang. The image of something that upsets the apple cart is attested from 1788. Road apple "horse dropping" is from 1942.
Idioms and Phrases with apples
In addition to the idioms beginning with apple
- apple a day
- apple of one's eye
- apple polisher
- apples and oranges
- polish the apple
- rotten apple
- upset the applecart