- The definition of a pineapple is a tropical fruit with a tough outer shell that looks like a pine cone with edible yellow fruit inside.
A tropical fruit with edible yellow fruit that is used to make pina coladas and that is typically put on Hawaiian pizza is an example of a pineapple.
- a juicy, edible tropical fruit somewhat resembling a pine cone: it consists of the fleshy inflorescence of a collective fruit developed from a spike of flowers
- the terrestrial plant (Ananas comosus) of the pineapple family on which it grows, having a short stem and spiny-edged, recurved leaves
- Slang a hand grenade shaped like a small pineapple
Origin of pineappleMiddle English pinappel, pine cone (see pine and amp; apple): mod. sense from shape of the fruit
- a. A tropical American plant (Ananas comosus) having large swordlike leaves and a large, fleshy, edible, multiple fruit with a terminal tuft of leaves.b. The fruit of this plant.
- Slang A hand grenade.
Origin of pineappleMiddle English pinappel, pine cone : pine, pine; see pine1 + appel, apple; see apple.
- A tropical plant, Ananas comosus, native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
- The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
- (slang) A hand grenade.
- (slang) An Australian fifty dollar note.
From Middle English pinappel (“pinecone”, literally “pine-apple/pine-fruit”), equivalent to pine + apple. Later applied to the fruit of the pineapple plant due to its resemblance to a pinecone. Compare the post-Classical Latin pomum pini, the Old French pume de pin, the Middle French and French pomme de pin, the Middle Dutch and Dutch pĳnappel, the Middle Low German pinappel, the Old High German pīnapful, the Middle High German pīnaphel, and the early Modern German pinapfel — all in the sense of “pine cone”.