Definition of almond in US English:



  • 1The oval edible nutlike seed (kernel) of the almond tree, growing in a woody shell, widely used as food.

    as modifier ‘almond cookies’
    • ‘Mix in the almond and poppy seed paste and simmer.’
    • ‘Beat the butter, sugar, ground almonds and almond essence together and whiz until just mixed.’
    • ‘Flies hover above baskets of locally grown almonds and dried fruits.’
    • ‘Add texture by stirring in rolled oats, dried herbs, or ground almonds.’
    • ‘Well, I will be talking about the wonder of nuts, and actually four nuts in particular - the chestnut, almond, walnut and pecan.’
    • ‘Vitamin E found in almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts also reduces the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.’
    • ‘Crunchy goodies such as peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are packed with amino acids.’
    • ‘Scoop in piles of cashews, almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or whatever you please.’
    • ‘Hazelnuts, both in the dough and praline, can be substituted with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans.’
    • ‘It came with a wonderful rice pilaf, dotted with raisins, plump cranberries, nuts, seeds and thinly sliced almonds.’
    • ‘Nuts especially high in vitamin E include almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans.’
    • ‘Serve the rice hot, in a mound, with the pine nuts, pistachios and almonds sprinkled on top.’
    • ‘Generally, if you are grinding whole almonds, one cup would yield approximately one half-cup ground almonds.’
    • ‘The small almonds that grow in China are also slightly bitter and contain a toxic substance if not processed properly.’
    • ‘Nuts, like the almonds and walnuts shown above, add the crunch that even fall salads need.’
    • ‘If you're feeling peckish you should know that they serve almonds, macadamia nuts and green wasabi peas for snacks.’
    • ‘Decorate with the cinnamon sticks, and if you fancy, almonds and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘The 4,000 members of the co-op produce one third of the almonds grown in the world.’
    • ‘To produce the paste, blanched kernels of sweet almonds are ground, mixed with water and sugar, and cooked to a smooth consistency.’
    • ‘Kate, one of the make up artists had a Tupperware box full of cashew nuts and almonds.’
  • 2The tree that produces almonds, belonging to the rose family and related to the peach and plum. Native to western Asia, it is widely cultivated in warm climates.

    Prunus dulcis or P. amygdalus, family Rosaceae

    • ‘Not to be missed are the walled gardens, or chartreuses, their high brick walls espaliered with peach, pear, apricot, almond and fig trees and the beds filled with vegetables, herbs and flowers for the house.’
    • ‘The centre of the island is planted with vines, olive trees, almonds, seasonal vegetables and flowers.’
    • ‘The cassava plant, almond tree and hydrangea have all evolved the same chemical defence mechanism.’
    • ‘He emigrated to America, but returned to Sicily in 1913 and bought a field covering three acres at the foot of Mount Cronio, covered in olive trees, almond trees and stones.’
    • ‘I have to wonder if the builder hates plants - he cut down a beautiful almond tree that wasn't in the way of anything, and now has permanently squashed any chance of a bit of grass or anything!’
    • ‘My love's high room looks down on trees, almond and plum, and to their stellar galleries bees and rosellas come.’
    • ‘Indeed, when the lines are uttered by Rennie Hurley under that almond tree, it's almost as though we are meant to understand that they are an emanation of the surrounding landscape.’
    • ‘Besides olives we grow lettuces, salads, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and organic cherry, almond and fig trees.’
    • ‘The school came runners up and received a cheque for €250 along with a beautiful almond tree which will be planted in the school grounds.’
    • ‘The nut borne by the beautiful almond tree, Prunus amygdalus, is delicately flavoured and highly versatile, has been cultivated since prehistoric times, and is the most important nut in commerce.’
    • ‘Luckily, there was this almond tree near where Seven and her associate had set up their beach towels.’
    • ‘The two-storey white stucco lodge with yellow trim and shaded by a beautiful almond tree is situated a good bonefish cast from the warm waters of the Middle Bight, situated on the east coast of Andros island.’
    • ‘It twisted and turned to reveal views over waterfalls cascading down canyons, stonewalled fields big enough only for a single cherry or almond tree or a small patch of vines.’
    • ‘The microbe occurs in many forms, or strains, that sicken other plants, including almond, peach, plum, and oleander.’
    • ‘There is hilly and flat terrain with plenty of peach and almond tree plantations.’
    • ‘Desperate almonds and figs grew beyond the fretting mounds of stone.’
    • ‘You just may want to take a break from its many activities under a shady palm or almond tree.’
    • ‘A retractable awning provides instant shade when the sun moves beyond a leafy almond tree, and a broad railing serves as auxiliary seating.’
    • ‘I'm growing an almond verbena, and it is already about 15 feet tall.’
    • ‘Whether sipping rum in its bars, eating rotis on its waterfront or sitting under the big almond tree known as the ‘Houses of Parliament’ in Port Elizabeth, the hamlet-size main town, you feel part of the performance, not the audience.’


Middle English: from Old French alemande, from medieval Latin amandula, from Greek amugdalē.