Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “core”

core

noun [C]  /kɔr, koʊr/ us  

core noun [C] (FRUIT)

the hard, central part of some fruits, such as apples, which contains the seeds

core noun [C] (CENTER)

the center or most important part of something: Farmers formed the core of traditional party support. Safety concerns are at the core of the new federal policies. earth science The core of the earth is its center, made up of a liquid inner core and a solid outer core.

core

adjective [not gradable]  /kɔr, koʊr/ us  

core adjective [not gradable] (CENTRAL)

central; basic: We want to appeal to our core supporters without turning off undecided voters. The notion of love is one of the core values of our civilization. We have to concentrate on the core business, management said.

core

verb [T]  /kɔr, koʊr/ us  

core verb [T] (FRUIT)

to remove the core of fruit
(Definition of core from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of core?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “core”

Definitions of “core” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hoppy

like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More