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



    BrE BrE//ˈraɪpnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪpnəs//
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  1. 1the state of fruit or crops being fully grown and ready to be eaten We pick the fruit at the peak of ripeness.
  2. 2the quality in cheese or wine of having a fully developed flavour Both cheese and wine are intricately flavoured substances that change with ripeness and age.
  3. 3the fact of having a very strong or unpleasant smell It is difficult to convey the ripeness, the stench, of the city through most of its history.