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
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

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Other Words from plum


plumlike \ ˈpləm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce plumlike (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 While a quarantine fail might've cost him a plum Saturday Night Live spot last month, Wallen wasn't one of the numerous country stars whose COVID-19 exposure cost them a slot during the 2020 Country Music Awards broadcast. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Morgan Wallen Brings 'More Than My Hometown' to 2020 CMA Awards," 11 Nov. 2020 The taste is reminiscent of pumpernickel bread and lighter notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, tobacco and dark fruit like fig and plum. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Christmas Ale guide: 60+ Greater Cleveland breweries offering seasonal, spicy brews," 10 Nov. 2020 Mexican plum is available at most area nurseries for planting in the fall or spring. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Great native Texas trees to plant for shade in your San Antonio yard and garden," 5 Nov. 2020 The almond, encased in a shell hidden within a green, velvety fruit, is botanically related to the peach and plum and, in literature and art, romanticized at least as much. Washington Post, "How to use almond flour in cooking and baking," 28 Oct. 2020 To drink, the Pasta Tree is planning brunch cocktails including an Italian Bloody Mary ($12), plum-rosemary sangria ($12) and bottomless Mimosa ($25 with an entree). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Pasta Tree on the east side is adding Sunday brunch after reopening for indoor dining," 15 Oct. 2020 And who bounces back from them to get more plum assignments? Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rick Renteria's firing highlights cruelties, inequities toward MLB managers in era of the rebuild," 12 Oct. 2020 Mexican sycamore, Texas ash, Persian ironwood, loquat leaf oak, desert willow, ginkgo, trident maple, Mexican plum and Walter’s viburnum. Dallas News, "Placement is key when planting trees," 12 Oct. 2020 And if its notes of truffle, black orchid and plum don’t pull you in, the stunning golden bottle definitely will. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "The best-selling and best-smelling colognes for any guy," 7 Oct. 2020

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

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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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
somewhat informal : 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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