noun, often attributive
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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
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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


plumlike \ˈpləm-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for plum

Synonyms: Noun

catch, gem, jewel, pearl, prize, treasure

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Examples of plum in a Sentence


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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Throughout, soprano Dana Lynne Varga streaked up into the stratosphere and back down to earth with ease, and contralto Emily Marvosh caught the eye with her rapt smile and the ear with her plum-wine voice. Zoë Madonna,, "A ‘Missa Solemnis’ from the heart with Cantata Singers," 19 Mar. 2018 The balance remained steady at the cocktail bar, with variations on the old-fashioned like the Sesame Street (bourbon and plum wine), Black Lodge (rye and cherry liqueur) and Asian Old Fashioned (bourbon, toasted sesame honey). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Hanzo puts a stylish edge on drinks and dinner," 15 Feb. 2018 Skin-care ingredients inspire a lot of passionate debate (one minute your feed is blowing up about coconut, the next it’s Kakadu plum). Vogue, "The Star Exfoliating Ingredient That Will Give You Baby Skin," 6 July 2018 This 100 percent varietal offers notes of violets, blackberry, plum, dark cherry, pencil shavings, raspberry and incense. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Next up are upgrades to the guestrooms, where the current brown color scheme will be replaced with plum, silver, sage and gold accents. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "The Biltmore Hotel is transforming for the 21st century. You won't recognize the rooms.," 27 June 2018 On her eyes, Rihanna went for a dark plum smokey eye that perfectly set off the bright pink lips and gave a bit of dark drama to the holy outfit. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Every Fenty Beauty Product Rihanna Wore at the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Dahlia is a rich berry, Foxglove is a muted plum, Camellia is a petal pink, Snapdragon is a rosy pink, and Tigerlily is a tropical coral shade that would be best worn sipping cocktails under a cabana or at your locker à laLil’ Mama. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca’s New Lip Glosses Are As Glowy As Your Favorite Highlighter," 10 Apr. 2018 The plum crazy purple exterior is matched in allure by the 375-horsepower motor. 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


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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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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