dam·​son ˈdam-zən How to pronounce damson (audio)
: the small tart fruit of a widely cultivated Asian plum tree (Prunus insititia)
also : this tree

Examples of damson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The findings are described in a study published February 7 in the journal Science Advances and can be applied to other fruits including slides, damsons, and juniper berries. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 8 Feb. 2024 The Royal Lancaster Hotel near Hyde Park is serving afternoon tea inspired by Charles’ favorites: roast beef sandwiches, darjeeling tea and damson plum mousse. Kelvin Chan, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2023 The drink, Alpine Hippie Juice ($13) was a delight — Averell damson gin, Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac, Austria’s Zirbenz pine liqueur, lime and grapefruit. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2018 Their take on the Manhattan is made with blended whiskey and, in place of sweet vermouth, black-walnut-and-damson-plum cordial. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, 14 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin (prunum) damascenum, literally, plum of Damascus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damson was in the 14th century

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“Damson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damson. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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