Definition of pineapple noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpaɪnæpl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪnæpl//
[countable, uncountable] Fruit
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  • a large tropical fruit with thick rough skin, sweet yellow flesh with a lot of juice and stiff leaves on top fresh pineapple a tin of pineapple chunks pineapple juice See related entries: Fruit
  • Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a pine cone): from the noun pine + apple. The word was applied to the fruit in the mid 17th cent., because of its resemblance to a pine cone.Idioms
    the rough end of the pineapple
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    (Australian English, informal) a situation in which somebody is treated badly or unfairly
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pineapple