Definition of plum
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 dessertsb : sugarplum
4 : something superior or very desirable; especially : something desirable given in return for a favor
5 : a dark reddish purple
plumlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of plum from the Web
Breakfast waffles are delicious when topped with fresh berries, bananas and stone fruits such as peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and pluots.
For several in our group, the hospitality of homemade plum brandy, a pork-and-beef dish called faschile and cherry cake served with frank conversation was a highlight.
Bold Berry Deep colors like a rich plum and beautiful burgundy are bound to warm up any crisp fall evening.
Stone fruits are those with a pit — think plums, nectarines, peaches and even cherries.
There always are obstacles to navigate for those in pursuit of a patronage job, but few involve the political hazards confronting applicants for the plum that just opened in Hartford — a federal judgeship.
Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just combined; stir in chopped plum.
Toss plums, rosemary, and 1 Tbsp. raw sugar in a large bowl.
Second course: Prosciutto, Buffala mozzarella, plums, tangerine, pistachio, mint, basil, olive oil...
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Origin and Etymology of plum
Middle English, from Old English plūme, modification of Latin prunum plum, from Greek proumnon
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Plum
borough in southwestern Pennsylvania that is a suburb of Pittsburgh population 27,126
PLUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plum for English Language Learners
: 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
PLUM Defined for Kids
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