plum

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpləm How to pronounce plum (audio) \

Definition of plum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : any of various trees with edible fruits resembling plums also : the fruit
3a : a raisin when used in desserts
b : sugarplum
4 : something superior or very desirable especially : something desirable given in return for a favor
5 : a dark reddish purple

Plum

geographical name
\ ˈpləm How to pronounce Plum (audio) \

Definition of Plum (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from plum

Noun

plumlike \ ˈpləm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce plumlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for plum

Synonyms: Noun

catch, gem, jewel, pearl, prize, treasure

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Examples of plum in a Sentence

Noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Jessica, the overall feel was moody, old-world, and dramatic, thanks to a color palette that included black, white, gold, and dramatic shades of burgundy and plum. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Klassen grew up on a peach, plum, and nectarine farm in Dinuba, California, and studied theology in British Columbia, Canada. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Man, the Wood, and the River," 1 Dec. 2018 Most order them plain, with a dipping sauce, but get crazy if the mood strikes: More inventive versions come smothered in cheese sauce or radish ponzu, sprinkled with truffle salt, or stuffed with peperoncini, plum, and shiso. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Perfumania also has the DL on the fragrance notes: top notes of red berries, plum, and peach; mid notes of hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water; and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Just Dropped Reb'l Fleur Love Always, a Remix of Her Very First Fragrance," 29 Aug. 2018 Where they're posted While some posts languished, Trump filled plum assignments with campaign donors, business leaders and personal friends – as past presidents have also done. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "South Korea, Germany, Egypt: These are among 44 countries that don't have a U.S. ambassador," 13 Mar. 2018 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine Basic Quick Bread Dough and 3/4 cup sugar, apple, plums, and cinnamon. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Dried Plum and Apple Loaf with Crumble Topping," 4 Nov. 2010 Look for plump, sweet Castlebrites, large Robadas, cult-favorite Blenheims and fragrant Poppy apricots, as well as pluots and apriums — hybrid fruit created by crossing apricots with plums. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Tarts, salsa, jam and more ideas for apricots, now in season," 15 June 2018 The body has a shiny clear coat plum crazy purple finish. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "You can buy Adam Vinatieri's 1971 Dodge Charger," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plum

Noun

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

History and Etymology for plum

Noun

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

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plum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plum

: a round, juicy fruit that has red or purple skin, sweet yellow flesh, and a hard seed at the center
somewhat informal : something that many people want or think is very good
: a dark reddish-purple color

plum

noun
\ ˈpləm How to pronounce plum (audio) \

Kids Definition of plum

1 : a fruit related to the peach and cherry that usually has smooth purple or reddish skin, sweet juicy flesh, and a stony pit
2 : a dark reddish purple
3 : a choice or desirable thing : prize

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