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

Combine the plums, lemon juice, salt and 1 tablespoon water in a medium saucepan. Los Angeles Times, "The best plum jam recipe is also the easiest to make," 7 Sep. 2019 As deer, bear and other wildlife prepare for fall, the annual late-summer eating binge is a go with blackberries, wild plums, apples and other goodies available. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors notes: Deer, bears, whales and more," 7 Sep. 2019 The main course was meat, mainly pork, goat or sheep, and it was followed by fruit: grapes, apricots, plums, peaches and pears. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019 Peaches are a member of the stone fruit family, along with nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "8 Health Benefits of Peaches," 7 Aug. 2019 The property had existing groves of peach, apple, plum, pear and persimmon trees, which Rich has supplemented with 100 more fruit trees, as well as a new crop of 40 dragon fruit cactuses. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New family carries on legacy of 99-year-old Vista farm," 21 July 2019 Nakayama’s favorite filling is umeboshi, fermented plums, and Iida-Nakayama’s is mentaiko, pollock roe. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 Sweet, juicy plum and bright summer tomatoes are an unexpected and fantastic combo, especially with a balsamic drizzle. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Snack your way to dinner with these 8 recipes," 22 Aug. 2019 For example, on the weekend being able to go visit our friends who grow peaches and nectarines and plums and apples and hang out in their garden, picking fruit, standing under the trees talking about life. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "Jenny Lefcourt Won't Admit That She's the Reason You Drink Natural Wine," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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