often attributive
: any of various trees and shrubs (genus Prunus) of the rose family with globular to oval smooth-skinned edible fruits that are drupes with oblong seeds
also : the fruit
: any of various trees with edible fruits resembling plums
also : the fruit
: a raisin when used in desserts
: something superior or very desirable
especially : something desirable given in return for a favor
: a dark reddish purple
plumlike adjective

Example Sentences

a bowl of peaches and plums Dried plums are also called “prunes.” That deal is a real plum for the contractor.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English plūme, modification of Latin prunum plum, from Greek proumnon

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plum was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plum. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of numerous trees and shrubs related to the peach and cherries and having globe-shaped to oval edible fruits with an oblong stone
: the smooth-skinned fruit of a plum
: a raisin when used in desserts (as puddings or cake)
: something very desirable
: a dark reddish purple
plumlike adjective

Geographical Definition


geographical name

borough in southwestern Pennsylvania that is a suburb of Pittsburgh population 27,126

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