sweet almond


See under almond(def 1).

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Origin of sweet almond

First recorded in 1710–20


[ah-muh nd, am-uh nd; spelling pronunciation al-muh nd]


the nutlike kernel of the fruit of either of two trees, Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) or P. dulcis amara (bitter almond), which grow in warm temperate regions.
the tree itself.
a delicate, pale tan.
anything shaped like an almond, especially an ornament.


of the color, taste, or shape of an almond.
made or flavored with almonds: almond cookies.

Origin of almond

1250–1300; Middle English almande < Old French (dial.) alemande, probably by transposition of -la < Late Latin amandula, with assimilative replacement of the unfamiliar cluster and adaptation to a known suffix, representing Latin amygdala < Greek amygdálē; replacing Old English amigdal < Latin

Related formsal·mond·like, al·mond·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sweet almond



a small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nutlike seed
the oval-shaped nutlike edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell
(modifier) made of or containing almondsalmond cake Related adjectives: amygdaline, amygdaloid
  1. a pale yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)almond wallpaper
Also called: almond green
  1. yellowish-green colour
  2. (as adjective)an almond skirt
anything shaped like an almond nut

Word Origin for almond

C13: from Old French almande, from Medieval Latin amandula, from Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē

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Word Origin and History for sweet almond



c.1300, from Old French almande, amande, from Vulgar Latin *amendla, *amandula, from Latin amygdala (plural), from Greek amygdalos "an almond tree," of unknown origin, perhaps a Semitic word. Altered in Medieval Latin by influence of amandus "loveable," and acquiring in French an excrescent -l- perhaps from Spanish almendra "almond," which got it via confusion with the Arabic definite article al-, which formed the beginnings of many Spanish words. Applied to eyes shaped like almonds, especially of certain Asiatic peoples, from 1870.

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