apple ( apples plural )
1 n-var An apple is a round fruit with smooth green, yellow, or red skin and firm white flesh.
I want an apple., ...his ongoing search for the finest varieties of apple., ...a large garden with apple trees in it.
2 If you say that someone is the apple of your eye, you mean that they are very important to you and you are extremely fond of them.
be the apple of sb's eye phrase usu v-link PHR Penny's only son was the apple of her eye.
Adam's apple ( Adam's apples plural ) Your Adam's apple is the lump that sticks out of the front of your neck below your throat. n-count
apple pie ( apple pies plural )
1 n-count An apple pie is a kind of pie made with apples.
2 If a room or a desk is in apple pie order, it is neat and tidy, and everything is where it should be.
be in apple-pie order phrase v-link PHR
They found everything in apple-pie order.
3 If you say that something is as American as apple pie, you mean that it is typically American.
be as American as apple pie phrase v-link PHR
Jeans are as American as apple pie.
apple sauce , applesauce
Apple sauce is a type of sauce made from puréed cooked apples. n-uncount
People sometimes refer to the city of New York as the Big Apple.
INFORMAL n-proper the N
The main attractions of the Big Apple are well documented.
crab apple ( crab apples plural ) A crab apple is a tree like an apple tree that produces small sour fruit. n-count
eating apple ( eating apples plural ) An eating apple is an ordinary apple that is usually eaten raw rather than cooked. n-count
(Antonym: cooking apple)
rotten apple ( rotten apples plural ) You can use rotten apple to talk about a person who is dishonest and therefore causes a lot of problems for the group or organization they belong to. n-count
Police corruption is not just a few rotten apples.