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noun (1)

: an oblong or pear-shaped syconium fruit of a tree (genus Ficus) of the mulberry family
: a tree bearing figs : a ficus tree
especially : a widely cultivated tree (F. carica) that produces edible figs see also strangler fig, weeping fig compare banyan, peepul, rubber plant
: a worthless trifle : the least bit
doesn't care a fig

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noun (2)

: dress, array
a young woman in dazzling royal full figMollie Panter-Downes


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figurative; figuratively; figure

Examples of fig in a Sentence

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Jams and jellies: Spread on fig, apricot, or pepper jelly for a sweet or spicy touch. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Mar. 2024 Flavors of Mission fig, cherry, rising brioche, and fennel pollen roll over the palate, all bathed in subtle acidity. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2024 Emmett Basket Planter This seagrass basket planter is perfect for a living room or sunroom and ideal for a taller plant, like a fiddle-leaf fig tree. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Mar. 2024 Don’t fertilize fig trees, pomegranate, pineapple guava, tropical guava and loquat, but do mulch them with a 3-inch or thicker layer of coarse wood mulch. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024 Across the avenue from the school, standing between a church and its nursery school, there’s an ancient fig tree. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 On top is a dollop of sweet fig jam and shavings of Manuel Lombardi Conciato Romano, or what many refer to as the oldest variety of cheese in the world. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Crème de brie, prosciutto, carrot sticks, grapes, olives, and fig jam with woven wheat crackers. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 22 Mar. 2024 With the most recent Costco stock lists including towering topical varieties such as Majesty Palm and White Bird of Paradise at 6-8 feet and only $27.99, there have also been reports of fiddle leaf figs ranging from $15-$50. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English fige, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan figa, from Vulgar Latin *fica, from Latin ficus fig tree, fig

Noun (2)

fig, verb, to adorn

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fig was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an oblong or pear-shaped fruit that grows on a tree related to the mulberries
also : a tree bearing figs

Medical Definition


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: an oblong or pear-shaped fruit that is a syconium
especially : the edible fruit of a widely cultivated tree (Ficus carica) that has laxative qualities
: any of a genus (Ficus) of trees of the mulberry family that produce figs


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