- the edible, juicy, collective fruit of a tropical, bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, that develops from a spike or head of flowers and is surmounted by a crown of leaves.
- the plant itself, having a short stem and rigid, spiny-margined, recurved leaves.
- Military Slang. a fragmentation hand grenade.
Origin of pineapple
Examples from the Web for pineapple
The Bee Pollen juice looked appetizing and resembled a juice I routinely enjoy that consists of pineapple, apple, and lime.We Were Gwyneth’s GOOP Guinea Pigs
Erin Cunningham, Olivia Nuzzi
March 30, 2014
The co-stars of Pineapple Express and Freaks and Geeks have really outdone themselves this time.Watch James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Hilarious Parody of Kanye West’s Music Video For 'Bound 2'
November 25, 2013
“For 10 days prior to the Versace show, I just drank juice—carrot, ginger, pineapple—to cleanse,” she divulged.Rihanna’s New Music Video Was Banned After Only 10 Minutes; Tamara Mellon Spills on Jimmy Choo
The Fashion Beast Team
October 4, 2013
Delia told of making Nora pineapple shakes with canned pineapple, not fresh, when she was in the hospital.Nora Ephron Memorial: Warm, Funny Tributes by Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Rosie O’Donnell
July 9, 2012
The pineapple margarita, well, I prefer my tequila resposado and on the rocks.Best Mexican Food in New York City: The Daily Beast Takes a Tour
May 4, 2012
Alston threw his book on the table, and Jeffrey set his pineapple beside it.The Prisoner
Drain the syrup from a tin of pineapple, boil it down to half.Nelson's Home Comforts
There was a smell of pineapple, the odour of fruit and flowers.The Paliser case
I remember the butter was in the shape of a pineapple with leaves and all.Old Rail Fence Corners
So the pineapple is really a moss; only it is a moss that flowers but 'imperfectly.'Proserpina, Volume 1
- a tropical American bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, cultivated in the tropics for its large fleshy edible fruit
- the fruit of this plant, consisting of an inflorescence clustered around a fleshy axis and surmounted by a tuft of leaves
- military slang a hand grenade
Word Origin and History for pineapple
late 14c., "pine cone," from pine (n.) + apple. The reference to the fruit of the tropical plant (from resemblance of shape) is first recorded 1660s, and pine cone emerged 1690s to replace pineapple in its original sense except in dialect. For "pine cone," Old English also used pinhnyte "pine nut."