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


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

Other Words from plum


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

Synonyms for plum

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Cream and powder formulas in shades of plum, violet, and lavender have been making the rounds across the app for their quirky vibe and universally flattering effect. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 24 Nov. 2021 Normally, the dress costs $60, but every color is on sale for as little as $39 right now, including black, dark green, and plum. Isabel Garcia,, 10 Nov. 2021 The nose offers a pleasantly fruity bouquet with fragrant notes of red plum and cherry, combined with light spicy and balsamic scents. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The texture is rich and silky, and flavors spread out to include sweet, round elements of that vanilla in the aroma, plus butterscotch, cocoa, cotton candy, tobacco and plum. Josh Noel,, 15 July 2021 Generous berry liqueur, dark plum, and blueberry flavors on the palate are balanced by hints of minerals, mushrooms, and crushed herbs against a firm but fine tannin structure. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 The collection also includes violet and plum spinels, Paraíba tourmalines, violet tanzanite, sunflower-yellow beryl. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 27 Aug. 2021 There are also less-common sightings like a varietal Petit Verdot (concentrated, with a tart, underripe plum flavor), Chenin Blanc (soft and citrusy) and — most unusual of all — Malvasia Bianca, made frizzante-style. Esther Mobley,, 31 Jan. 2018 Designed to be mixed and matched, there’s Androgyne (peony, rose petals, plum, and incense), The Dropout (golden saffron, hemp leaves, sueded leather, and smoked vanilla), and Heatwave (fresh dill, cucumber, peaches, and patchouli). Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of plum


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

History and Etymology for plum


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

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“Plum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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
: something that many people want or think is very good
: a dark reddish-purple color


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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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