any of numerous roundish or oblate varieties of apple.
Botany. a seed.

Nearby words

  1. pipiwharauroa,
  2. pipkin,
  3. pippa,
  4. pipper,
  5. pipperoo,
  6. pipsissewa,
  7. pipsqueak,
  8. pipy,
  9. piqua,
  10. piquancy

Origin of pippin

1250–1300; Middle English pipin, variant of pepin < Old French

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British Dictionary definitions for pippin



any of several varieties of eating apple with a rounded oblate shape
the seed of any of these fruits

Word Origin for pippin

C13: from Old French pepin, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for pippin



"excellent person or thing," 1897, from coveted varieties of apple that were raised from seed (so called since early 15c.), from Middle English pipin "seed" (see pip (n.1)).

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