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



BrE BrE//ˈæpl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæpl//
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  • a round fruit with shiny red or green skin and firm white flesh Peel and core the apples. an apple pie apple sauce a garden with three apple trees see also Adam’s apple, Big Apple, cooking apple, crab apple, eating apple, toffee apple See related entries: Fruit
  • Word OriginOld English æppel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch appel and German Apfel.Extra examples Add some sugar to the stewed apple—it’s still a little tart. He just sat there munching on an apple. The apples were all bruised after being dropped on the floor.Idioms
    the apple doesn’t fall/never falls far from the tree
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    (saying, especially North American English) a child usually behaves in a similar way to his or her parent(s)
    the apple of somebody’s eye
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    a person or thing that is loved more than any other She is the apple of her father's eye.
    (especially North American English) used to describe a situation in which two people or things are completely different from each other They really are apples and oranges. They are both great but you can't compare apples and oranges. It’s a totally different situation, it’s apples and oranges.
    as American as apple pie
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    used to say that something is typical of America
    one bad person who has a bad effect on others in a group
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apple