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fruit

noun, often attributive \ ˈfrüt \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of fruit

1 a : a product of plant growth (such as grain, vegetables, or cotton)
  • the fruits of the field
b (1) : the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant; especially : one having a sweet pulp associated with the seed
  • the fruit of the tree
(2) : a succulent (see 1succulent 1c) plant part (such as the petioles (see petiole 1) of a rhubarb plant) used chiefly in a dessert or sweet course
c : a dish, quantity, or diet of fruits
  • live on fruit
d : a product of fertilization (see fertilization b) in a plant with its modified envelopes or appendages; specifically : the ripened ovary (see ovary 2) of a seed plant and its contents
e : the flavor or aroma of fresh fruit in mature wine
  • The wine's fruit is rich in tangerine, apricot, and papaya flavors.
2 : offspring, progeny
  • the fruit of the womb
3 a : the state of bearing fruit
  • a tree in fruit
b : the effect or consequence of an action or operation : product, result
  • the fruits of our labor
  • the fruits of victory
4 slang, usually disparaging + offensive : a male homosexual

fruited

play \ˈfrü-təd\ adjective

Examples of fruit in a Sentence

  1. apples, oranges, and other fruits

  2. one fruit of your faithfulness in carrying out your duties will be more rewarding responsibilities

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Origin and Etymology of fruit

Middle English, from Anglo-French frut, fruit, from Latin fructus fruit, use, from frui to enjoy, have the use of — more at brook

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fruit

verb

Definition of fruit

intransitive verb
: to bear fruit
transitive verb
: to cause to bear fruit

Examples of fruit in a Sentence

  1. When will the trees fruit?

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Origin and Etymology of fruit

see 1fruit

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FRUIT Defined for English Language Learners

fruit

noun

Definition of fruit for English Language Learners

  • : a usually sweet food (such as a blueberry, orange, or apple) that grows on a tree or bush

  • : the part of a plant that has the seeds in it (such as the pod of a pea, a nut, a grain, or a berry)

  • : a result or reward that comes from some action or activity


fruit

verb

Definition of fruit for English Language Learners

  • : to produce fruit


FRUIT Defined for Kids

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fruit

noun \ ˈfrüt \

Definition of fruit for Students

1 : a usually soft and juicy plant part (as rhubarb, a strawberry, or an orange) that is often eaten as a dessert and is distinguished from a vegetable
2 : a product of fertilization in a seed plant that consists of the ripened ovary of a flower with its included seeds
  • Apples, cucumbers, nuts, and blueberries are all fruits.
3 : 2result 1, product
  • You can enjoy the fruits of your labors.

fruited

\-əd\ adjective
  • a fruited plant

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fruit

verb

Definition of fruit for Students

fruited; fruiting
: to bear or cause to bear fruit

Medical Dictionary

fruit

noun, often attributive \ ˈfrüt \

medical Definition of fruit

1 : the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant; especially : one having a sweet pulp associated with the seed
  • the fruit of the tree
2 : a product of fertilization in a plant with its modified envelopes or appendages; specifically : the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents

Law Dictionary

fruit

noun

legal Definition of fruit

1 a : something (as evidence) that is obtained or gathered during an action or operation (as a search)
  • moved to suppress evidence seized from the room on the grounds that it was obtained as the fruit of an illegal arrest
  • National Law Journal
b plural : fruit of the poisonous tree
  • the Court was asked to extend the…fruit doctrine
  • Oregon v. Elstad, 470 U.S. 298 (1985)
2 a in the civil law of Louisiana : property (as income or goods) produced by or derived from other movable or immovable property without diminution of its substance
  • co-owners share the fruits and products of the thing held
  • Louisiana Civil Code
— compare product 3
civil fruit
: the revenue derived from property especially by virtue of an obligation (as a lease)
natural fruit
: an animal or plant product (as a crop)
b : income that is produced or earned by other property or services


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