Definition of grapefruit in US English:

grapefruit

noun

  • 1A large round yellow citrus fruit with an acid juicy pulp.

    • ‘The basic citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon and sweet orange oils are some of the least expensive oils.’
    • ‘Fertile orchards of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit abound throughout the island.’
    • ‘He had chopped up some apples, a banana, a grapefruit, and an orange in a bowl, and drizzled honey and lemon juice over it.’
    • ‘Could I continue to eat grapefruit every morning if I decide to try it?’
    • ‘The beauty here is the balance of juicy green apples, grapefruit, peaches and pineapple all anchored by brilliant acidity.’
    • ‘Like grapefruit, bitter orange can boost blood levels of many medications and increase the risk of side effects.’
    • ‘In a bowl, combine the grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine segments.’
    • ‘So why are we singling out red grapefruit over the other shades?’
    • ‘Or can you eat grapefruit in the morning and take your medication in the evening?’
    • ‘Better still, why not just drink grapefruit juice instead?’
    • ‘Fruits which are a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine are called tangelos.’
    • ‘Other good sources include tomatoes, red and pink grapefruit, and guava.’
    • ‘I watched him this morning juicing a grapefruit, guava, blood orange, mango, plums, and grapes and pouring the elixir into a giant glass pitcher.’
    • ‘Spoons are used when eating grapefruit and other fruits served with cream.’
    • ‘My dining facility serves fresh grapefruit, oranges and other fruits every day.’
    • ‘My neighbor gives me fresh grapefruit, which is delicious.’
    • ‘She threw her dirty blonde hair into a ponytail and cut herself a grapefruit for breakfast.’
    • ‘Where can I get a list telling which drugs are affected by grapefruit?’
    • ‘It's early morning, and men and women are already at their stalls with bags of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.’
    • ‘Eat more carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges and grapefruit.’
  • 2The tree bearing the grapefruit.

    Citrus paradisi, family Rutaceae

    • ‘The grapefruit tree produced 19 fruits last year.’
    • ‘Mark called in about black mould on his grapefruit tree and fruit.’
    • ‘The refuge has also suffered some major environmental problems, including stubborn invasions of exotic grapefruit trees and pepper plants.’
    • ‘We live in central Florida and have a good-sized grapefruit tree in the back yard.’
    • ‘Belanger and Roman rented a three-bedroom house in Deltona with grapefruit and orange trees in the backyard.’
    • ‘This ruby grapefruit tree isn't looking good at all - it must need a root prune’
    • ‘Then they take all the honey that they gather, from the almond groves, the grapefruit trees, the strawberry patches, or what have you, and then they dump it into one batch and boil it.’
    • ‘Exotic grapefruit trees, pepper plants and Australian pines have invaded Pelican Island, and erosion has scoured away more than half the refuge.’
    • ‘Strong winds snapped thousands of trees, oranges and grapefruit.’
    • ‘Daniel walked up to a large grapefruit tree and lightly tapped his foot on the ground.’
    • ‘When his group planted Florida-derived rootstock of Star Ruby grapefruit in Texas, the fruit produced some 50 percent more of this carotenoid than it had in Florida.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from grape + fruit (probably because the fruits grow in clusters).

Pronunciation

grapefruit

/ˈɡreɪpˌfrut//ˈɡrāpˌfro͞ot/