- a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.Compare banana family.
- the fruit, especially that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.
Origin of banana
Related Words for bananamadness, silliness, babble, joke, bunk, folly, stupidity, foolishness, drivel, rubbish, baloney, gibberish, trash, absurdity, sidekick, trickster, jester, prankster, entertainer, comic
Examples from the Web for banana
Contemporary Examples of banana
Trista goes about making the shake, mashing up a banana, adding cherry syrup, a bit of milk, and soft-serve ice cream.
She also recommends the banana split shake: strawberry, chocolate, and a mashed banana.
“To say the there's a split in the Republican Party is to give the banana split a bad name,” said Winter.Sam Brownback’s Kansas Catastrophe
July 20, 2014
Several varieties of banana grow here, and mango season on the island is huge.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
Rhode Island Reds will not eat melon rinds, banana peels, orange skins, pickles, or onions, F.Y.I.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of banana
Do you think the government can wait for you to finish a banana?
In two bites, or in three at most, he could finish the banana and his hand would be free.
"Stick the letter in the banana," he said, holding the banana down.
This banana, it's—it's the same as a mail box—you stick the letter in the banana.
Some careless youngster had thrown a banana skin on the walk.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
- any of several tropical and subtropical herbaceous treelike plants of the musaceous genus Musa, esp M. sapientum, a widely cultivated species propagated from suckers and having hanging clusters of edible fruit
- the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plantsCompare plantain 2
Word Origin for banana
1590s, borrowed by Spanish or Portuguese from a West African word, possibly Wolof banana. The plant was introduced to the New World from Africa in 1516. Top banana, second banana, etc. are 1950s, from show business slang use of banana for "comedian, especially in a burlesque show." Banana split first attested 1920. Banana oil "nonsense" is slang from c.1910.
In addition to the idiom beginning with banana
- banana oil
- drive someone crazy (bananas)
- go bananas
- top banana