Big Apple, the


noun Informal.

New York City.

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Origin of Big Apple, the

1925–30; promulgated as a tourist slogan during the 1970s; perhaps reuse of earlier “the Apple” (New York City in jazz musicians' argot) with Big as in big cheese, big time, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for big apple

Big Apple

noun

the Big Apple informal New York City

Word Origin for Big Apple

C20: probably from US jazzmen's earlier use to mean any big, esp northern, city; of obscure origin
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