Definition of grapefruit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡreɪpfruːt/

noun (plural same)

1A large round yellow citrus fruit with an acid juicy pulp.
Example sentences
  • In a bowl, combine the grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine segments.
  • Like grapefruit, bitter orange can boost blood levels of many medications and increase the risk of side effects.
  • I watched him this morning juicing a grapefruit, guava, blood orange, mango, plums, and grapes and pouring the elixir into a giant glass pitcher.
2The tree which bears grapefruit.
  • Citrus paradisi, family Rutaceae.
Example sentences
  • Then they take all the honey that they gather, from the almond groves, the grapefruit trees, the strawberry patches, or what have you, and then they dump it into one batch and boil it.
  • Exotic grapefruit trees, pepper plants and Australian pines have invaded Pelican Island, and erosion has scoured away more than half the refuge.
  • We live in central Florida and have a good-sized grapefruit tree in the back yard.


Early 19th century: from grape + fruit (probably because the fruits grow in clusters).

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