Definition of grapefruit in English:

grapefruit

noun

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

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Strong winds snapped thousands of trees, oranges and grapefruit.’
    • ‘The refuge has also suffered some major environmental problems, including stubborn invasions of exotic grapefruit trees and pepper plants.’
    • ‘The grapefruit tree produced 19 fruits last year.’
    • ‘Belanger and Roman rented a three-bedroom house in Deltona with grapefruit and orange trees in the backyard.’
    • ‘Mark called in about black mould on his grapefruit tree and fruit.’
    • ‘This ruby grapefruit tree isn't looking good at all - it must need a root prune’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

grapefruit

/ˈɡrāpˌfro͞ot/