Definition of watermelon in US English:



  • 1The large fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with smooth green skin, red pulp, and watery juice.

    • ‘There were mangoes, apples, oranges, pears, watermelons, melons, kiwis and some other strange fruits that I hadn't seen before nicely cut up and neatly arranged in matching bowls and plates.’
    • ‘The fertile soil of the valleys produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including citrus, sugarcane, watermelons, bananas, yams, and beans.’
    • ‘The green piles of watermelons, which herald the scorching season ahead, are favoured thirst-quenchers.’
    • ‘There are pyramids of sweet-smelling guavas, papayas, watermelons, pineapples, custard apples, lemons, limes and avocados.’
    • ‘Most of the larger fruits such as pumpkins and watermelons, and some of the bigger vegetables such as gourds and tubers, are easier to carve into novel shapes.’
    • ‘The agricultural district, in which rice and watermelons and fruits and vegetables were grown in abundance, suddenly discovered a new, lucrative alternative crop.’
    • ‘Mature coconuts are found to have little flesh, and the juice is watery; while other garden produce such as pumpkins, greens and watermelons are not growing well.’
    • ‘The impact blasted watermelons and oranges and tomatoes all over the sidewalk.’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with eating watermelon, provided you eat a slice rather than 10 of them.’
    • ‘Until the soil temperature is 65 degrees, you might as well not even bother planting watermelons, honeydew or muskmelons because the seeds just won't germinate.’
    • ‘Growing a prize watermelon is a bit like pig farming.’
    • ‘A cantaloupe doesn't have the smooth sheen of a honeydew or the artistic green striations of a watermelon.’
    • ‘In each photograph she has included one or more smashed watermelons.’
    • ‘A seed like that would ruin the juiciest, sweetest tasting watermelon.’
    • ‘Where available raccoons may also eat peaches, plums, figs, citrus fruits, watermelons, beech nuts, and walnuts.’
    • ‘He grows several dozen crops, including artichokes, shallots, watermelons, garlic, and many types of greens.’
    • ‘As we tuck into a colourful platter of fresh pineapple, watermelon, kiwi fruit, pears and bananas on the veranda, she cooks up sausages, bacon and pancakes.’
    • ‘The fact that you don't need an electrical appliance to extract juice from a watermelon also comes as a blessing for these vendors.’
    • ‘The main exhibits are still life photos of fruits like oranges, grapes and watermelons.’
    • ‘They may consume fresh green vegetables, oranges, carrots, watermelon, beans and possibly folic acid pills.’
  • 2The widely cultivated African plant that yields the watermelon.

    Citrullus lanatus, family Cucurbitaceae

    • ‘The virus comes in two forms - one causes disease in cucurbits (cucumbers, watermelons, etc) and is already prevalent in Rarotonga, while the other affects both papaya and cucurbits.’