1 any of several tropical and subtropical herbaceous treelike plants of the musaceous genus Musa, esp. M. sapientum, a widely cultivated species propagated from suckers and having hanging clusters of edible fruit
2 the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plants Compare →
plantain 2 (C16: from Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin)
informal a region with a warm climate, esp. one in Canada
slang, offensive a native or inhabitant of Queensland, (Also called)
1 a solution of cellulose nitrate in pentyl acetate or a similar solvent, which has a banana-like smell
2 a nontechnical name for →
n (Electrical engineering) a small single-conductor electrical plug having a curved metal spring along its shank used to hold it in its socket
Informal and derogatory a small country, esp. in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas
1 the soft outer covering of a banana
2 Informal something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake
(sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin)
n a dish of ice cream and banana cut in half lengthwise, usually topped with syrup, nuts, whipped cream, etc.
Slang (chiefly U.S.)
1 the leading comedian in vaudeville, burlesque, etc.