Definition of apple pie in US English:

apple pie


  • 1A pie made with apples.

    • ‘Desserts included ice cream, cheesecake, apple pie, pavlova and a cheese board, but we'd had enough at that stage and ordered tea and coffee instead.’
    • ‘For dessert the apple pie a la mode with ice-cream proved a firm favourite with my companion after fending off tough competition from the fresh fruit pavlova.’
    • ‘Remember the smell of stewed apple when Mum was making an apple pie?’
    • ‘Plus, on the counter sat two apple pies for dessert.’
    • ‘On this occasion, the choices included braised steak, haddock, beef hot pot and vegetable hot pot, while the puddings on offer included apple pie and custard, prunes and ice cream.’
    • ‘The use of the term ‘florentine’ for the big, round dish in which special apple pies were baked survived in the Yorkshire Dales until well into the 20th century.’
    • ‘I've never baked an apple pie, but I'm willing to give it a go.’
    • ‘She didn't offer me a value combo or suggest I have an apple pie with my meal.’
    • ‘They come in for a jug of cider and also buy apples, apple pies, jellies, and vegetables.’
    • ‘Then it'd be time for desert - maybe a slice of cheesecake, or fresh apple pie smothered in chocolate ice cream.’
    • ‘With the offer of dessert, Madame went for the apple pie and ice cream, which arrived in a huge bowl - and was ceremoniously eaten to the last morsel.’
    • ‘Monsieur, I would like a big apple pie, chocolate milk, and some ice cream on the side.’
    • ‘This is really fine food, and the roast beef in particular was excellent on this day, along with some of the best apple pie and custard you are ever likely to taste.’
    • ‘For dessert there was a display containing everything from apple pies to Danish pastries.’
    • ‘It was an interesting novelty, but tasted more like an apple pie than a ballpark pretzel.’
    • ‘In fact, I'm going to reward myself now, by having done 165 extra words today by eating a whole apple pie or big sticky toffee pudding.’
    • ‘We ordered two caramel apple pies, one with custard, which Anthony declared the high spot of the meal.’
    • ‘I was going to prepare just a simple Lamb Roast Dinner with an apple pie for afters.’
    • ‘For dessert I made custard and served it with an apple pie from the larder.’
    • ‘Imagine being given a bowl of stew made from a two-week old turkey carcass, half a can of mushroom soup, droopy vegetables scraped from the back of the fridge and half a leftover apple pie.’
    1. 1.1North American Used to represent a cherished ideal of comfort and familiarity.
      ‘to say I'm fed up with the Olympics is like being against motherhood and apple pie’
      • ‘To me it's the '88 Oakland A's that rank up there with apple pie and the flag.’
      • ‘Like motherhood, apple pie, little league and homecoming, it represents all that is steady, regular, wholesome and decent in America.’
      • ‘Like the other women on the squad, I was taught that cheerleading is wholesome and All-American - just like mom, baseball and apple pie.’
      • ‘Well, that is all motherhood and apple pie, but what does it actually mean, and what are the new legal rights that will be created because of what is in this legislation?’
      • ‘I want things to feel like warm apple pie and corn dogs on the 4th of July.’
      • ‘The Americans can say they're doing things in the name of freedom, liberty and apple pie.’
      • ‘None of these are clearly defined ideas, and while many of them, like motherhood and apple pie, command fairly universal approbation, it is unclear what point they serve in bioethics research.’
      • ‘The flag and Sousa and apple pie and love of country are not the exclusive property of the Republican Party; they belong to all Americans.’
      • ‘This statement, with its aspects of ‘motherhood and apple pie,’ is one I fully agree with.’
      • ‘For most people, medical research is as self evidently a good thing as motherhood and apple pie.’
      • ‘This may sound like motherhood and apple pie to the cynic.’
      • ‘Like motherhood and apple pie, policing is something a city can't help but get behind - philosophically and financially.’
      • ‘I like hearing the candidates from both parties go out on a limb and proclaim their support for America, apple pie and motherhood.’
      • ‘America used to be known as the home of apple pie and Mom.’
      • ‘For some politicians, it's as easy as a vote for motherhood and apple pie.’
      • ‘The current political enthusiasm for investment in early years often sounds like apple pie, a sort of comfort food for hungry Labour party activists.’
      • ‘For a society that saw baseball as being as intrinsically American as motherhood and apple pie, the impact of this blow could not be over-estimated.’
      • ‘Their way is not about the motherhood and apple pie of renewable energy.’
      • ‘They have been convinced, it seems since the beginning of time, that the only real threat to America and apple pie is the fearsome rogue state.’


  • as American as apple pie

    • Typically American in character.

      • ‘If violence, as the saying goes, is as American as apple pie, it's also been as common in American movie theaters as popcorn.’
      • ‘It is as American as apple pie and we will take our slice of the body politic, thank you.’
      • ‘Blue jeans will no longer be as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Ironically, financially, and in terms of their behavior, they're often as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, and I'm sad to say, this story has become as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘But if there's one thing that sociolinguists know better than most, it's that dialect prejudice is as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Informed dissent is what makes a democracy function and is as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘French fries are at least as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Dude ranches have since become a fixture in the U.S., as American as apple pie and baseball.’
      • ‘To most of us, the idea of students toiling over homework at the kitchen table seems as American as apple pie.’


apple pie

/ˈˌapəl ˈpī//ˈˌæpəl ˈpaɪ/