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

Finally, the duet of music from The Soul Jets and Charlotte Lawrence alongside Claridge’s plum and amaretto tart provided the perfect ending to the evening. Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg and Edward Enninful Host One Celestial Bash at Claridge’s," 30 Nov. 2018 Deep plums and reds were popping up everywhere, but they were often layered with other shades of the same color. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Warning: You're Going To Be Obsessed With These Two Color Trends," 25 Sep. 2018 Just across the Rhône, at Les Apothicaires, the midday menu might include fermented black rice and ceviche with plums and almonds. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Most Innovative Chefs in Lyon, France’s Gastronomic Capital," 24 July 2018 Bursting with baking spices, this Paso Robles wine had notes of plum and blackberry with a streak of bright raspberry. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018 The single could-be crossover is the light, muted plum Feelz, but the surrounding shades give it enough of a spin to avoid feeling repetitive. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Swatches for Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Palette Are Drop-Dead Gorgeous," 4 Sep. 2018 From Sonoma County, here is a wine with strong herbal notes, along with dark, juicy fruits, including ripe plum and blackberry. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018 The genus name Prunus is from the Latin, meaning plum or cherry. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ornamental cherry trees bring a waterfall of blooms," 23 Feb. 2018 Sometimes Kantaro will see peaches or sweet plums in his dreams. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 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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