Definition of pineapple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪnap(ə)l/


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1A large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves: roughly chop the pineapples and apricots [mass noun]: slices of pineapple
More example sentences
  • These consumers ‘customize’ Kool-Aid by adding oranges, grapes, pineapples, fruit juice, and club soda.
  • Exotic foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, pineapples - fruits and vegetables of the New World, were unknown here.
  • Fruit such as pineapples, coconuts, oranges, mangoes, bananas, apples, and lychees are subject to seasonal availability.
2The widely cultivated tropical American plant that bears the pineapple. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem.
  • Ananas comosus, family Bromeliaceae.
Example sentences
  • Atrazine is mainly applied to corn and soybean crops, but is also used on sorghum, sugarcane, pineapple, turf grass, and Christmas tree farms.
  • Other species of Phytophthora destroy eucalyptus, avocado, pineapples, and other tropical crop plants.
  • In the lush green foothills above town, I'd found every incline, even a slope that seemed too steep to climb, cultivated with longan, lychee, pineapple, betel nut or banana.
3 informal A hand grenade.
Example sentences
  • He said the explosive was among three pineapple grenades and a mortar found by local residents over the past month, with the most recent discovery taking place on July 8.
  • A second fighter then emerged, a pineapple grenade in each hand, with pins already pulled.
  • Some weapons need a bit more consideration, for example, the pineapple grenade.


the rough end of the pineapple

Australian informal A situation in which someone receives unfair or harsh treatment.
Example sentences
  • But it's the second tier of workers that feel the rough end of the pineapple in the drive to keep down the cost of staff, and the cost of benefits like sick leave, holidays and superannuation.
  • While free to air viewers get the rough end of the pineapple, but remain as loyal as ever, the National Football League on cable TV continues to be a runaway ratings winner.
  • The workers, so far from being emancipated, would continue to get the rough end of the pineapple, as they had from the beginning of time.


Late Middle English (denoting a pine cone): from pine1 + apple. The word was applied to the fruit in the mid 17th century, because of its resemblance to a pine cone.

  • The Latin pinus ‘pine tree’ had given the word for a pine tree to Old English, and originally a pine apple was the fruit of the pine tree, what we would now call a pine-cone. When the pineapple fruit was introduced in the early 17th century the overall shape and the segmented skin was felt to resemble a pine-cone and the name was transferred to it. See also grenade, pain

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