noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-(ˌ)tō; chiefly British, eNewEng, neVirginia, and sometimes elsewhere in cultivated speech -ˈmä-; chiefly Northern -ˈma-\

: a round, soft, red fruit that is eaten raw or cooked and that is often used in salads, sandwiches, sauces, etc.

plural to·ma·toes

Full Definition of TOMATO

:  the usually large rounded typically red or yellow pulpy berry of an herb (genus Lycopersicon) of the nightshade family native to South America
:  a plant that produces tomatoes; especially :  one (Lycopersicon esculentum syn. L. lycopersicum) that is a tender perennial widely cultivated as an annual for its edible fruit

Origin of TOMATO

alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl
First Known Use: 1604

Other Food Terms

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

Rhymes with TOMATO

TOMATO Defined for Kids


noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-tō, -ˈmä-\
plural to·ma·toes

Definition of TOMATO for Kids

:  the usually red juicy fruit of a plant related to the potato that is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable
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