Definition of pineapple in English:

pineapple

noun

  • 1A large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves.

    ‘roughly chop the pineapples and apricots’
    mass noun ‘slices of pineapple’
    • ‘Meals are uncomplicated, made from fresh produce sold to the resort by local villagers: live mud crabs trussed up in vines, shiny Spanish mackerel, big juicy pineapples.’
    • ‘The lively, aniseed-spiked Granny Smith and exotic fresh pineapple fruit of this tried and trusted Aussie Chardonnay continues to impress.’
    • ‘This gentle peel is based on active substances found in two tropical fruits, pineapple and papaya.’
    • ‘Freezing berries and slices of strawberries and pineapple in ice cubes before dropping into glasses of good, ordinary white and red wines is another hot-day treat.’
    • ‘Mix noodles with first six ingredients and pour over brown sugar, pineapples, and cherries.’
    • ‘Exotic foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, pineapples - fruits and vegetables of the New World, were unknown here.’
    • ‘The other day I wanted to make a tropical salsa with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, red onion and cilantro as a side dish.’
    • ‘Fruit such as pineapples, coconuts, oranges, mangoes, bananas, apples, and lychees are subject to seasonal availability.’
    • ‘Tropical fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit and wood apple are combined with coconut milk to create unforgettable mocktails.’
    • ‘In stainless steel bowl, combine pineapple, cilantro, pepper and zest and mix gently.’
    • ‘Taro leaves are one of the various green vegetables used together with a variety of tropical fruits like bananas, pineapples, and mangoes.’
    • ‘These consumers ‘customize’ Kool-Aid by adding oranges, grapes, pineapples, fruit juice, and club soda.’
    • ‘Peel the pineapple, slice it and cut it in chunks.’
    • ‘Give a banana split a healthy twist by adding sliced banana to vanilla yogurt then top with fresh fruit like pineapple, blueberries or strawberries.’
    • ‘My favorite fruit components include mango, lychee nut, pineapple, guava and strawberries.’
    • ‘Sugared pastries, chocolate-filled croissants, pineapple and other fruit juices, arranged in a simple but elegant display, filled one-half of the table.’
    • ‘Made from apples, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapples, berries or other fruit, these sweeteners have the consistency of thick syrup and an intense flavor.’
    • ‘Now, those industries have gone and globalisation means that we can buy sun-drenched pineapples, mangoes and passion fruit in the middle of winter.’
    • ‘Apricots, oranges, strawberries, and pineapples added orange, red, and yellow colors to the table.’
    • ‘The teams with two members transformed vegetables - pumpkins, beetroots, carrots - and fruits such as pineapples into lovely dolls.’
  • 2The widely cultivated tropical American plant that bears the pineapple. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem.

    Ananas comosus, family Bromeliaceae

    • ‘Other produce includes coal, coconuts, sugar cane, pineapples, tobacco, vegetables, sago, tapioca, coffee, tea, maize, and groundnuts.’
    • ‘The principal cash crops are coconuts, bananas, pineapples, sugar, tobacco, and abaca (hemp).’
    • ‘Experts from Bolivia, Peru and Colombia are meeting at the conference to study the efforts by governments to replace coca crops with products like pineapples, bananas and palm hearts.’
    • ‘They also produce sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, and mangoes for the food industry.’
    • ‘In between, there's coffee, macadamia nuts, citrus, pineapples, exotic fruits, vegetables - almost anything can be grown here, if you just find the right microclimate for it.’
    • ‘The process of producing plants asexually is called vegetative propagation and is used for such crops as potatoes, bananas, raspberries, pineapples, and some flowering plants used as ornamentals.’
    • ‘Programmes to substitute coca with other crops, like palm hearts, black pepper, pineapples, citrus fruit and even coffee, have only had any success when coca prices are low.’
    • ‘Economy Guinea has a broadly based agricultural economy: the chief crops include cassava, rice, pineapples, coffee, and palm oil.’
    • ‘Among the island's abundant fruits are bananas, mangos, breadfruit, guavas, plumrose, coconuts, passion fruits, and pineapples.’
    • ‘The land is fertile, and sugar, citrus fruit, pineapples, and cotton are grown for export.’
    • ‘In the lush green foothills above town, I'd found every incline, even a slope that seemed too steep to climb, cultivated with longan, lychee, pineapple, betel nut or banana.’
    • ‘Other species of Phytophthora destroy eucalyptus, avocado, pineapples, and other tropical crop plants.’
    • ‘Bananas, pineapples, taro, peanuts, manioc, cassava, rice, and bread are the staples.’
    • ‘That lovely grey wispy curtain plant is a cousin of the other well-known and beloved bromeliad, the pineapple.’
    • ‘Some subsistence farmers earn cash from the sale of copra, cocoa, kava, manioc, pineapples, bananas, and fish.’
    • ‘Grow lettuce, tomatoes and onions for a salad garden, or have a dessert garden with melons, citrus, strawberries, pineapples and many other types of fruit available year round and seasonally in Florida.’
    • ‘Many southern gardens don't have tulips, forsythia or daffodils, but instead have guava, pineapple and amaryllis.’
    • ‘He crossed the Atlantic three times to bring back the pineapple, the yucca, and the scarlet runner bean, along with the Virginia creeper whose green leaves go flame red in autumn.’
    • ‘Other export crops include pineapples, oil palm, coconuts, timber, latex, and sugar.’
    • ‘Atrazine is mainly applied to corn and soybean crops, but is also used on sorghum, sugarcane, pineapple, turf grass, and Christmas tree farms.’
  • 3informal A hand grenade.

    • ‘He said the explosive was among three pineapple grenades and a mortar found by local residents over the past month, with the most recent discovery taking place on July 8.’
    • ‘Some weapons need a bit more consideration, for example, the pineapple grenade.’
    • ‘A second fighter then emerged, a pineapple grenade in each hand, with pins already pulled.’

Phrases

  • the rough end of the pineapple

    • informal A situation in which someone receives unfair or harsh treatment.

      • ‘While free to air viewers get the rough end of the pineapple, but remain as loyal as ever, the National Football League on cable TV continues to be a runaway ratings winner.’
      • ‘The workers, so far from being emancipated, would continue to get the rough end of the pineapple, as they had from the beginning of time.’
      • ‘But it's the second tier of workers that feel the rough end of the pineapple in the drive to keep down the cost of staff, and the cost of benefits like sick leave, holidays and superannuation.’
      • ‘Though it must be said the Roosters probably got the rough end of the pineapple in those calls he got wrong!’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a pine cone): from pine + apple. The word was applied to the fruit in the mid 17th century, because of its resemblance to a pine cone.

Pronunciation

pineapple

/ˈpʌɪnap(ə)l/