Definition of apricot in English:


Syllabification: ap·ri·cot
Pronunciation: /ˈaprəˌkät
, ˈāprəˌkät


1A juicy, soft fruit, resembling a small peach, of an orange-yellow color.
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  • According to an EU ruling, marmalade can contain only citrus fruit, not apricots or other soft fruit.
  • They're generally very fruity, and can have the subtle tastes of apples, peaches, apricots and melons.
  • Unsprayed rose petals can be used to decorate desserts or cakes, or incorporated with peaches and apricots into fragrant jams.
1.1An orange-yellow color like the skin of a ripe apricot.
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  • With skin tone colors of apricot, tan, sepia, mahogany, salmon, raw sienna, and burnt sienna, white was used primarily to alter shades and create a layered tint.
  • It can be woven into a carpet using its many colours - white, lavender, mauve, indigo, apricot and pink - or a single colour may be selected to contrast or complement alyssum, dianthus and lobelia.
  • Modern hybrids come in every colour from white and apricot to deep plum.
2 (also apricot tree) The tree bearing apricots.
  • Prunus armeniaca, family Rosaceae
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  • Amidst fig and plum trees and overgrown vegetable beds, about a dozen local activists locked down around a large apricot tree, refusing to move until they were able to reclaim their garden.
  • All summer long I battled successive invasions by the marauding black squirrels that lived in the graceful apricot tree outside our window.
  • We have one particular pair of Rosellas that stay in the apricot tree constantly, and I wake every morning to their light chatter outside my bedroom window.


mid 16th century: from Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albaricoque, from Spanish Arabic al 'the' + barḳūḳ (from late Greek praikokion, from Latin praecoquum, variant of praecox 'early ripe'); influenced by Latin apricus 'ripe' and by French abricot.

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