Definition of apricot in English:



  • 1A juicy, soft fruit, resembling a small peach, of an orange-yellow color.

    • ‘Peppercorns, goat cheese and apricot is a great combination.’
    • ‘Potassium sources include apple juice, apricots, oranges, pears, and watermelon, to name a few.’
    • ‘This example is dry to off dry with just a touch of oak from four months in barrique and flavours of melon, peach, apricot and orange.’
    • ‘You can also peel peaches, plums and apricots and boil or steam them.’
    • ‘Floral and grapey aromas take on a slight apricot and citrus edge before offering dry to off-dry flavours of fresh firm apricots with an orangey citrus tang and earthiness on the finish.’
    • ‘They're generally very fruity, and can have the subtle tastes of apples, peaches, apricots and melons.’
    • ‘Growers depend on farmer's market sales, and buyers still need to be educated that the better looking apricot isn't necessarily the best tasting.’
    • ‘Make pancakes with whole-grain pancake mix and top with peaches, apricots, or grapes.’
    • ‘According to an EU ruling, marmalade can contain only citrus fruit, not apricots or other soft fruit.’
    • ‘Aromatic floral whiffs of soft ripe apricot can't hide drier fruit flavours that have an almost fino sherry slant with a mild green olive and salty tang on the finish.’
    • ‘Dessert might be a pinacolada ice cream tower with coconut wafer and poached apricot.’
    • ‘Place a piece of ginger on each apricot, with a small knob of butter and a teaspoon of molasses.’
    • ‘Unsprayed rose petals can be used to decorate desserts or cakes, or incorporated with peaches and apricots into fragrant jams.’
    • ‘There are also crêpes stuffed with apricot as well as chocolate mousse served in individual crusts.’
    • ‘Soon after, apricots, peaches, honey and candied fruits come into play as you sip towards the bottom of the glass.’
    • ‘Yes, it's in fruits and vegetables - the highest amounts are in apples, cherries, apricots and grapefruits, as well as other citrus fruits.’
    • ‘But with a range that includes chicken creole, duck and ginger and lamb and apricot, there is something for everyone, and you'll enjoy discovering new ways to cook and serve them.’
    • ‘Both peaches and apricots have gold-toned flesh.’
    • ‘The menu is mouth-watering - pies with chicken, pheasant and apricot; pork and caramelised gooseberry; venison and blackcurrant.’
    • ‘On the palate there are notes of vanilla, apricot and caramel, culminating in a rich, creamy finish.’
    1. 1.1An orange-yellow color like the skin of a ripe apricot.
      • ‘He proposed that dogs which were ee would produce pheomelanin coat colors such as yellow, gold, apricot, or red and that dogs which were black or brown always had one E allele.’
      • ‘Violas come in a range of lovely solid colors including deep blue, ruby red, bright yellow, apricot, deep purple, and even white.’
      • ‘At the same time, its versatility comes from the fact that not only is apricot a warming color, but it's also quite a cheerful color, recalling spring and summer days.’
      • ‘The flowers a re ever-changing, starting off a clear yellow, opening as subtle apricot, and then becoming a gorgeous tangerine.’
      • ‘Sally deduced that the colours Jane should be wearing were light colours with some warmth such as peach, beige, caramel, cinnamon, apricot and a lighter version of warmer colours such as jade, lilac and blue.’
      • ‘With skin tone colors of apricot, tan, sepia, mahogany, salmon, raw sienna, and burnt sienna, white was used primarily to alter shades and create a layered tint.’
      • ‘Play up your natural flush with subtle shades of apricot or rose.’
      • ‘Modern hybrids come in every colour from white and apricot to deep plum.’
      • ‘Not to mention an exuberant taller block behind, balconies bulging in shades of apricot or mauve and finally the ever present looming crane, on the way to completing another storey.’
      • ‘For green or hazel eyes, use brown, apricot, purple, plum, deep khaki or forest green.’
      • ‘They didn't just stop at the walls… the ceiling and cornices are deep apricot too.’
      • ‘These included a mixture of blue and gray-blue morphs, some of which had orange under-surfaces, and more rarely pink or apricot on both surfaces.’
      • ‘The flesh can be either apricot or, less often but more delicious, cream coloured.’
      • ‘It can be woven into a carpet using its many colours - white, lavender, mauve, indigo, apricot and pink - or a single colour may be selected to contrast or complement alyssum, dianthus and lobelia.’
      • ‘Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by colours such as apricot, cherry, peach, cerise or carmine.’
  • 2The tree bearing apricots.

    • ‘The volume opens in simple wonderment, with an Orphic singing of the world into presence: ‘apricot trees exist, apricot trees exist.’’
    • ‘Spring flowering trees such as flowering cherries, plums and apricots should not be pruned during winter, otherwise you will cut off many of the flowers.’
    • ‘Back in those days we had other trees including a persimon and apricot tree but Dad cut them down because the fruit would always rot in the summer attracting swarms of bothersome insects.’
    • ‘Even in winter there's an austere beauty to the bare branches of aspen, apricot, and apple trees, and the bright-red berries of mountain ash.’
    • ‘We have one particular pair of Rosellas that stay in the apricot tree constantly, and I wake every morning to their light chatter outside my bedroom window.’
    • ‘Amidst fig and plum trees and overgrown vegetable beds, about a dozen local activists locked down around a large apricot tree, refusing to move until they were able to reclaim their garden.’
    • ‘All summer long I battled successive invasions by the marauding black squirrels that lived in the graceful apricot tree outside our window.’
    • ‘I find tears in my eyes as we drive through the mountains, the earth alive with sturdy walnuts and tall pines, the flowering apricots and eager poplars of spring.’
    • ‘There, the garden is much less work - just apricot trees, olive trees and rough grass.’
    • ‘There are currently 99 species without a national champion, trees ranging from the fireberry hawthorn and velvet elder to the desert apricot and sweetbay magnolia.’
    • ‘But such spots can be used to advantage in mild climates, where the extra chill encourages lilacs to bloom and apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, and pears to set fruit.’
    • ‘Pot-grown nectarines, peaches and apricots can be left outside for the summer and brought in for the winter as long as you don't place them next to a heater.’
    • ‘The New Year is not complete unless the tokonoma - the special niche in every Japanese home used for the display of ornaments and prized possessions - is filled with a blossoming apricot or plum tree.’
    • ‘Peach, Asian pear, plum and apricot trees manage to survive in appropriate microclimates.’
    • ‘Tension wood in the apricot tree is composed of typical G-fibres.’
    • ‘Among some of the trees planted, to serve the export market, were almonds, olives, apricots and figs.’
    • ‘Other than that, however, it is bare earth with occasional pomegranate, olive, apricot and other trees found near the buildings.’
    • ‘There were mangoes and cherries and quinces and apples and apricots and almonds, and beyond the orchards there were thickets of tamarisk and casuarina as well as groves of mulberry trees belonging to the silk farmers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For larger fruit and to prevent stress to the tree, thin apples, apricots, peaches, and plums when they reach 3/4 inch in diameter.’


Mid 16th century: from Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albaricoque, from Spanish Arabic al the + barḳūḳ (from late Greek praikokion, from Latin praecoquum, variant of praecox early ripe); influenced by Latin apricus ripe and by French abricot.