Definition of pumpkin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəm(p)kən/


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1A large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds.
Example sentences
  • Sweet potatoes, beans, pumpkins, and tropical fruits such as bananas and papayas are also grown.
  • The average small farmer in Chiapas, Mexico, for example, produces maize, squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, numerous vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants.
  • While there isn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie to be had, there is plenty of brandy, gin, and wine on hand.
1.1 informal Used as an affectionate term of address, especially to a child.
Example sentences
  • Take it from your Aunt Hillary, that this is not the business deal for you, my little pumpkin.
2The plant of the gourd family that produces the pumpkin, having tendrils and large lobed leaves and native to warm regions of America.
  • Genus Cucurbita, family Cucurbitaceae: several species, in particular C. pepo.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes pumpkins or gourds are planted instead of squash.
  • Both sides of this versatile trellis are used, and it can be made sturdy enough to support heavy crops such as gourds and pumpkins.
  • When the Irish immigrants arrived in America, they found pumpkins abundant and much easier to carve than turnips.


Late 17th century: alteration of earlier pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, via Latin from Greek pepōn 'large melon' (see pepo).

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Syllabification: pump·kin

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