dam·​son | \ ˈdam-zən How to pronounce damson (audio) \

Definition of damson

: 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 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, "It's a bar. It's a restaurant. It's the out-of-ordinary Snack Boys in Walker's Point," 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, "Old City has a secret cocktail bar. It's in the back of the Art in the Age boutique," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of damson

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for damson

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

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“Damson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damson. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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