Definition of aubergine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊbəʒiːn/


chiefly British
1The purple egg-shaped fruit of a tropical Old World plant, which is eaten as a vegetable: [mass noun]: a puree of aubergine Also called eggplant.
More example sentences
  • Heat a large frying pan or wok and then fry off the vegetables in turn, aubergines first then peppers then courgettes.
  • This is a lovely way of doing a variety of fried vegetables, like aubergines, courgettes, pumpkin, spinach and squash.
  • It will surprise no one to hear that the aubergine is my favourite vegetable.
1.1 [mass noun] A dark purple colour like the skin of an aubergine.
Example sentences
  • Dark berry colours will also be very popular; plum, aubergine, dark raspberry and even chocolate colours.
  • Some of them are quite distinctive colours like aubergine and black and white.
  • ‘Vogue’ has declared aubergine the colour of the season and everyone has been much relieved by the disappearance of pink.
2The large plant of the nightshade family which bears aubergines.
  • Solanum melongena, family Solanaceae.
Example sentences
  • The capsicums are a genus of the family Solanaceae, and are therefore related to the New World tomato and potato, and, in the Old World, to the aubergine and deadly nightshade.
  • With long stretches of hot, dry weather they have really multiplied, ravaging my fig tree and runner beans and completely destroying three aubergine plants just as they began to flower.


Late 18th century: from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bāḏinjān (based on Persian bādingān, from Sanskrit vātiṃgaṇa).

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