Definition of grapefruit in US English:

grapefruit

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Better still, why not just drink grapefruit juice instead?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fruits which are a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine are called tangelos.’
    • ‘Like grapefruit, bitter orange can boost blood levels of many medications and increase the risk of side effects.’
    • ‘Eat more carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges and grapefruit.’
    • ‘So why are we singling out red grapefruit over the other shades?’
    • ‘Could I continue to eat grapefruit every morning if I decide to try it?’
    • ‘He had chopped up some apples, a banana, a grapefruit, and an orange in a bowl, and drizzled honey and lemon juice over it.’
    • ‘Spoons are used when eating grapefruit and other fruits served with cream.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘My dining facility serves fresh grapefruit, oranges and other fruits every day.’
    • ‘Or can you eat grapefruit in the morning and take your medication in the evening?’
    • ‘It's early morning, and men and women are already at their stalls with bags of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.’
    • ‘In a bowl, combine the grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine segments.’
    • ‘The basic citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon and sweet orange oils are some of the least expensive oils.’
    • ‘My neighbor gives me fresh grapefruit, which is delicious.’
  • 2The tree bearing the grapefruit.

    Citrus paradisi, family Rutaceae

    • ‘The refuge has also suffered some major environmental problems, including stubborn invasions of exotic grapefruit trees and pepper plants.’
    • ‘Mark called in about black mould on his grapefruit tree and fruit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grapefruit tree produced 19 fruits last year.’
    • ‘Strong winds snapped thousands of trees, oranges and grapefruit.’
    • ‘Exotic grapefruit trees, pepper plants and Australian pines have invaded Pelican Island, and erosion has scoured away more than half the refuge.’
    • ‘This ruby grapefruit tree isn't looking good at all - it must need a root prune’
    • ‘Daniel walked up to a large grapefruit tree and lightly tapped his foot on the ground.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

grapefruit

/ˈɡrāpˌfro͞ot//ˈɡreɪpˌfrut/