something or someone very precious or dear:
His new baby girl was the apple of his eye.
The favorite object of a person’s love or affection: “Linda was fond of all the horses on the ranch, but the little palomino was the apple of her eye.”
Special favorite, beloved person or thing, as in The youngest was the apple of his father’s eye. This term, which rests on the ancients’ idea that the eye’s pupil is apple-shaped and that eyes are particularly precious, appears in the Bible (Deuteronomy 32:10). [ Early 1600s ]
- Apple grunt
Chiefly Eastern Massachusetts. . Compare (def 6).
- Apple ii
apple ii computer An 8-bit personal computer with a 6502 processor, from Apple Computer. It was invented by Steve Wozniak and was very popular from about 1980 until the first several years of MS-DOS IBM PCs. (1995-01-12) Contemporary Examples The Apple I was a small seller, but the apple ii was a sensation. Is Steve […]
- Apple islander
noun (Austral, informal) a native or inhabitant of Tasmania
- Apple isle
. noun (Austral, informal) the Apple Isle, Tasmania