Definition of pippin in English:



  • 1A red and yellow dessert apple.

    • ‘Her sister had just written to her from London with a wonderful new receipt for an ointment using tobacco, and the latest way to preserve pippins.’
    • ‘Henry VIII's gardener, Richard Harris, had an orchard in Teynham producing cherries, pears, and pippins (eating apples), said to have been ‘the chief mother for all the other orchards of those kind of fruits’.’
    • ‘Newton offers the best clue in telling us that he was already thinking about the motion of the planets and the why moons and stars didn't simply tumble disorganised through space when that pippin thudded down.’
    • ‘On the nose vibrant crisp cox's pippins are heartened by biscuity aromas.’
    • ‘Grandfather sold the russets and the codlings and the pippins from his orchard, and those he didn't sell he stored in his pristine white-washed cellar, where huge black hams and sides of bacon were hanging from black hooks.’
    1. 1.1 An apple grown from seed.
  • 2North American informal An excellent person or thing.

    • ‘But she's a pippin as sure as you're born.’
    • ‘Halfway through a discussion on mediation, David Michael brings out the Parable of the Oranges, and it's a pippin of a parable.’


Middle English: from Old French pepin, of unknown ultimate origin.