What does apple mean?

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ˈæp əlap·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. applenoun

    fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh

  2. apple, orchard apple tree, Malus pumilanoun

    native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits


  1. applenoun

    A common, round fruit produced by the tree Malus domestica, cultivated in temperate climates.

  2. applenoun

    A tree growing such fruit, of the genus Malus; the apple tree.

  3. applenoun

    The wood of the apple tree.

  4. applenoun

    Short for apples and pears, slang for stairs.

  5. applenoun

    The ball in baseball.

  6. applenoun

    When smiling, the round, fleshy part of the cheeks between the eyes and the corners of the mouth.

  7. Applenoun

    A nickname for New York City, usually the Big Apple.

  8. Applenoun

    A multimedia corporation (Apple Corps) and record company (Apple Records) founded by the Beatles.

  9. Applenoun

    Name of the company Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, that produces computers and other digital devices.

  10. Applenoun

    A computer produced by the company Apple Inc.

  11. Applenoun

    A nickname for New York City, usually "the Big Apple".

  12. Applenoun

    A multimedia corporation and record company founded by the Beatles.

  13. Applenoun

    The company Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, that produces computers and other digital devices.

    Listen, Apple’s not perfect. You need proof? We made the Newton. We made that one Mac that looks like a toaster. We actually thought the Apple Watch was cool. Wait, this isn’t cool? Oh, fuck no. Shit! We put a YouTube album on your phones. You know, the one you’ve been struggling to delete. That thing keeps coming back, huh? And we can’t even make out battery last more than, like, a day!

  14. Applenoun

    A female given name from English.

  15. Applenoun

    A surname.

  16. Etymology: From appel, from æppel, from aplaz (compare Scots aipple, Dutch appel, German Apfel, Swedish äpple), from hₐébl̥ (compare Irish úll, Lithuanian obuolys, Russian яблоко, possibly ἄμπελος).\

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APPLEnoun

    Etymology: æppel, Saxon.

    Tall thriving trees confess’d the fruitful mold;
    The red’ning apple ripens here to gold. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    He instructed him; he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deut. xxxii. 10.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Applenoun

    the fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones

  2. Applenoun

    any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree

  3. Applenoun

    any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple

  4. Applenoun

    anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold

  5. Appleverb

    to grow like an apple; to bear apples

  6. Etymology: [OE. appel, eppel, AS. ppel, pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. ple, Dan. ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. oblys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin.]


  1. Apple

    The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, including Norse, Greek and Christian traditions. In 2010, the fruit's genome was decoded, leading to new understandings of disease control and selective breeding in apple production. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including cooking, fresh eating and cider production. Domestic apples are generally propagated by grafting, although wild apples grow readily from seed. Trees are prone to a number of fungal, bacterial and pest problems, which can be controlled by a number of organic and non-organic means.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apple

    ap′l, n. the fruit of the apple-tree.—ns. Ap′ple-blight, the rotting substances found on apple-trees, caused by the Apple-aphis (see Aphis); Ap′ple-John (Shak.) a variety of apple considered to be in perfection when shrivelled and withered—also John′-ap′ple; Ap′ple-pie, a pie made with apples; Ap′ple-wife, Ap′ple-wom′an, a woman who sells apples at a stall.—Apple of discord, any cause of envy and contention, from the golden apple inscribed 'for the fairest,' thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, into the assembly of the gods, and claimed by Aphrodite (Venus), Pallas (Minerva), and Hera (Juno). The dispute being referred to Paris of Troy, he decided in favour of Aphrodite, to the undying and fatal wrath of Hera against his city; Apple of Sodom, or Dead Sea fruit, described by Josephus as fair to look upon, but turning, when touched, into ashes: any fair but disappointing thing; Apple of the eye, the eyeball: something especially dear; Apple-pie order, complete order. [A.S. æppel; cf. Ger. apfel, Ice. epli, Ir. abhal, W. afal.]

Editors Contribution

  1. apple

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed, tree and fruit created and cultivated in various species.

    Apples are grown in various species worldwide.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3780

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    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2707

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    Rank popularity for the word 'apple' in Nouns Frequency: #1244

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apple in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of apple in a Sentence

  1. Steve Jobs:

    It wasn't that Microsoft was so brilliant or clever in copying the Mac, it's that the Mac was a sitting duck for 10 years. That's Apple's problem: Their differentiation evaporated.

  2. Tom Donohue:

    We had candidates who were fundamentally more interested in turning over the apple cart than they were in governing.

  3. Bill Baer:

    Apple’s liability for knowingly conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books is settled once and for all.

  4. Michael Hartnett:

    Big client zeitgeist in past two weeks has unambiguously been to buy the FAANMG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft and Google-owner Alphabet) underperformance.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I said you know, Apple CEO Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won't consider my administration an economic success, apple CEO Tim called me, and Apple CEO Tim said they are going forward.

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