Definition of avocado in English:


nounPlural avocados

  • 1A pear-shaped fruit with a rough leathery skin and smooth, oily edible flesh.

    ‘a salad of avocados and oranges’
    Also called alligator pear
    mass noun ‘serve with slices of avocado’
    • ‘Vegetables and fruits are very expensive with an avocado pear in town centre costing K2,500 instead of K500 in Ndola.’
    • ‘There are pyramids of sweet-smelling guavas, papayas, watermelons, pineapples, custard apples, lemons, limes and avocados.’
    • ‘These include vegetable oils, oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds.’
    • ‘And had she ordered the salad without tomatoes and avocados due to some serious allergy, I would have felt really bad.’
    • ‘It is also essential in a potato salad and enhances the creamy flesh of the avocado, especially if there is some tomato in there too.’
    • ‘Like apples, avocados will brown when exposed to air.’
    • ‘Meanwhile peel the avocados and cut the flesh into chunks.’
    • ‘The Hummus Pita is crammed with hummus, bell peppers, onion, banana peppers, avocados, tomatoes, and sprouts.’
    • ‘At the same time make sure you have some blood oranges and ripe avocados on chill too.’
    • ‘Foods that are rich in unsaturated fats include oily fish, avocados, nuts and sunflower, rapeseed and olive oils.’
    • ‘Arrange avocado slices and tomatoes on top of each plate.’
    • ‘Although hot enough to burn a tongue, it makes a good accompaniment for either the large avocado or the broccoli salad.’
    • ‘For a further #5 fruit selection, I had four each red apples, William pears, bananas, an avocado and a lemon.’
    • ‘I love the lamb and they also do scallops wrapped in Parma ham with an avocado salad.’
    • ‘One of the things we enjoyed was a wonderful avocado soup.’
    • ‘Soft fruits like avocados, bananas, berries and papayas can be pureed and mixed with extracted juices.’
    • ‘One nurse cannot peel raw potatoes and the other cannot eat bananas, avocados, cherries, plums, nectarines, and peaches.’
    • ‘Ancient Mayan Inca and Aztec women believed that avocados fed the skin from the inside and outside.’
    • ‘Serve with bread and olives or, for a more hearty meal, add an avocado salad and some kumara baked in their skins.’
    • ‘My other favourite foods include avocado pear, bananas, pears, oranges, grapes and walnuts, when they are in season.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A light green colour like that of the flesh of avocados.
      • ‘‘The whole place had been decorated in woodchip and painted avocado,’ he says.’
      • ‘Not readily evident were the harvest gold and avocado green of the '70s.’
      • ‘It's virtually impossible to camouflage an aircraft in broad daylight so it's pointless to speculate over whether hot pink or avocado green is better for daytime stealth.’
      • ‘He meticulously photographed every avocado appliance.’
      • ‘The same couple lived there for years, raising their kids in the sprawling brick ranch with the obnoxious avocado green trim.’
      • ‘We finally have our homes decorated in charming hues of country blue, dusty pink, and seafoam green after being stuck in shades of avocado green and gold for years.’
      • ‘My mother had her avocado appliances, stove, refrigerator and washer and dryer.’
      • ‘The so-called rightie lumping Hank K in with untamed sideburns and avocado green kitchen appliances?’
      • ‘Okay, first, I was eight when the Sixties ended and had nothing to do with the whole harvest gold - avocado green travesty.’
      • ‘The hundred or so hat-to-shoe ensembles - like the one made from fuzzy, avocado green bathroom mats - on display in the film are worth the ticket price.’
      • ‘The shirt I got was lime green and avocado with three-quarter length sleeves.’
      • ‘Both are exuberant riots of colour, from the palest avocado to looming midnight blues, with great carefree splodges of paint and taught, pacy lines that spiral into little whirlwinds of detail.’
      • ‘This week I'm staying out of the kitchen because I spent most of last week there, scraping the remains of the geometric patterned avocado green carpet off of the linoleum tiles underneath.’
      • ‘I particularly remember the jaunt to buy a motorized exercise/torture device which came in the required shade of avocado green.’
      • ‘The slipcover is 100% cotton and it's color is a shade of green (almost an avocado green).’
  • 2The tropical evergreen tree which bears the avocado fruit, native to Central America and widely cultivated elsewhere.

    Persea americana, family Lauraceae

    • ‘You can plant the seed and grow your own tree as a houseplant, but you'll need patience - avocados take five to thirteen years to bear fruit.’
    • ‘The avocado trees are the best - sturdy and good branches to hold onto.’
    • ‘Fourteen years later, Ndwale, now 80, sits barefoot outside her home beneath a laden avocado tree and explains why she married Syombua.’
    • ‘Most older avocado trees require little or no pruning.’
    • ‘And did you know how incredibly easy it is to grow an avocado tree?’
    • ‘We pull up to Mambo Theoline's little white house with the avocado tree out front and scratch at her door.’
    • ‘The prince earlier visited Eluxolweni Shelter, a home for 48 abandoned, physically and sexually abused children - where he planted an avocado tree and unveiled a plaque.’
    • ‘These include exotic ylang ylang, jasmine, turmeric, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, curry leaf, water lilies, mahogany trees, avocados, wax apples, and five varieties of mango.’
    • ‘There was an apple tree and an avocado in the front yard, surrounded by thick St. Augustine grass.’
    • ‘They planted avocado and apricot trees, grew wheat, and invested their savings in a herd of sheep for milking.’
    • ‘Likewise, many parts of the avocado tree find uses as herbal medicines.’
    • ‘I watched a leaf fall from one of our two avocado trees and circle in the air, stirred by the wind's hand.’
    • ‘Even as it matures, the tropical avocado will never be able to take unusually low temperatures.’
    • ‘About eight or ten of them, squatting on the castaway cart, staring vacantly over the avocado trees and maize fields.’
    • ‘Other avocado trees grew tall and rather flimsy as they were planted too close together and we did not realise that we should have topped them.’
    • ‘Now in the twilight of his life, he sits and carves under the same avocado tree, welcoming visitors, showing them his work and sharing his unique message and vision of the world.’
    • ‘Apparently he'd gotten away and slipped back into the scary darkness of the avocado trees.’
    • ‘Growing up in the Great White North there was a scarcity of avocado trees, and it fascinates me to see tropical fruits and veggies in their beginning stages.’
    • ‘His small, vertiginous banana farm, fringed with avocado and palm trees, is at Marigot on Dominica.’
    • ‘Each had its own garden, with vines and avocados and small citrus groves.’


Mid 17th century: from Spanish, alteration (influenced by avocado ‘advocate’) of aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuacatl.