apple – [ ap-uh l ] – / ˈæp əl / – Noun

  • the usually round, red or yellow, edible fruit of a small tree, Malus sylvestris, of the rose family.
  • the tree, cultivated in most temperate regions.
  • the fruit of any of certain other species of tree of the same genus.
  • any of these trees.
  • any of various other similar fruits, or fruitlike products or plants, as the custard apple, love apple, May apple, or oak apple.
  • anything resembling an apple in size and shape, as a ball, especially a baseball.
  • Bowling. an ineffectively bowled ball.
  • Slang. a red capsule containing a barbiturate, especially secobarbital.


before 900; Middle English appel, Old English æppel; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Saxon apl, appul, Old High German apful (German Apfel), Crimean Gothic apel < Germanic *aplu (akin to Old Norse epli < *apljan); Old Irish ubull (neuter), Welsh afal, Breton aval < pre-Celtic *ǫblu; Lithuanian óbuolas, -ỹs, Latvian âbuol(i)s (with reshaped suffix), OPruss woble, perhaps Thracian (din)upla, (sin)upyla wild pumpkin, OCS (j)ablŭko (representing *ablŭ-ko, neuter) < Balto-Slavic *āblu-. Cf. Avalon


Apple customers, on the other hand, are used to paying premium for perceived quality.

Apple, PetSmart, Wells Fargo, Marriott, and Delta also spoke out.

In “Cartoons and Cereal,” he sings, “Reminisce when I had the morning appetite/ Apple Jacks, had nothing that I hit the TV Guide.”

This week, in response to the report, Apple removed 30 of those groups from their music service.

It is impossible to talk about Dr. Strange without mentioning soap, apple juice, and suicide.

The apple orchard was a favorite haunt, and the Weeping Willows when the wind was from the right direction.

Excitement, too, had lent a warmer pink to her apple cheeks, and her blue eyes were like deep and hating stars.

Ten little robins played the drums, which were tiny twigs from the apple tree.

Apple was the center of an excited crowd of scouts for there had been no sleep in camp that night.

So Joel sprang off from the lower branch of the apple tree and went zip-tear-bang, at the paper ring.

Posted in English Workbook Level One, Letter Aa.