apple of eye

apple of eye


  • the person of whom one is extremely fond, favorite, loving
  • most favourite person
  • someone most cherished, above others
  • someone or something that is very precious

Example Sentences

  1. She has three children, but her youngest son is the apple of her eye.
  2. While my grandmother loved all of us very much, my younger brother was the apple of her eye.
  3. Poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, the apple of my eye.
  4. She was a very charming little girl and a very bright student, and was the apple of her teachers’ eyes.
  5. He loved his daughter very much. She was the apple of his eye.
  6. He said that Kelly was the apple of his eye. He could not imagine living without her.
  7. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
  8. The young couple had a beautiful little son, and he was the apple of their eyes.
  9. He was the apple of her eye, and she promised to take care of him for as long as she could.
  10. My granddaughter is the apple of my eye, said the old man, lovingly looking at her playing in the distance.

The phrase originally had anatomical reference and was used to denote the central aperture of the eye. The expression first appeared in Old English in 885 AD, in a work attributed to King Aelfred (the Great) of Wessex, titled Gregory’s Pastoral Care. It was later used by Shakespeare in 1600 in his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and also appeared in English translations of the Bible in 1611. However, the phrase was more commonly used after it appeared in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Old Mortality in 1816.


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AuthorClyde Braswell writes on 29th March 2019

I think this term was used in the Bible before the date you listed:
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth 👉the apple of his eye.”👈
Zechariah 2:8 KJV

AuthorJohn W. writes on 24th February 2019

You say this phrase first appeared in 881AD. Not so. This is straight from the Bible. The term was used by King David in describing God’s attitude towards him. Look up Psalm 17 and verse 8. This was written in David’s lifetime, somewhere around 1010 to 970 BC.

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So is the “apple of my eye” ok to use with students? I ask because growing up I’ve have teachers use it as a term of endearment and as of way of appreciation, and I myself have used it before with my students years ago. I just want to make it’s ok. I don’t want anyone to mistake it for something it’s not.

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