noun, often attributive \ˈpləm\

: a round, juicy fruit that has red or purple skin, sweet yellow flesh, and a hard seed at the center

: something that many people want or think is very good

: a dark reddish-purple color

Full Definition of PLUM

:  any of various trees and shrubs (genus Prunus) of the rose family with globular to oval smooth-skinned edible fruits that are drupes with oblong seeds; also :  the fruit
:  any of various trees with edible fruits resembling plums; also :  the fruit
a :  a raisin when used in desserts
b :  sugarplum
:  something superior or very desirable; especially :  something desirable given in return for a favor
:  a dark reddish purple
plum·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of PLUM

  1. a bowl of peaches and plums
  2. Dried plums are also called prunes.
  3. That deal is a real plum for the contractor.

Origin of PLUM

Middle English, from Old English plūme, modification of Latin prunum plum, from Greek proumnon
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


geographical name \ˈpləm\

Definition of PLUM

borough SW Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh pop 27,126
PLUM Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpləm\

Definition of PLUM for Kids

:  a fruit related to the peach and cherry that usually has smooth purple or reddish skin, sweet juicy flesh, and a stony pit
:  a dark reddish purple
:  a choice or desirable thing :  prize
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