What does fruit mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fruitnoun

    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

  2. yield, fruitnoun

    an amount of a product

  3. fruitverb

    the consequence of some effort or action

    "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"

  4. fruitverb

    cause to bear fruit

  5. fruitverb

    bear fruit

    "the trees fruited early this year"


  1. fruitnoun

    The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.

    While cucumber is technically a fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam.

  2. fruitnoun

    Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.

    Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.

  3. fruitnoun

    A positive end result or reward of labour or effort.

    His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit, when his business boomed and he was given a raise.

  4. fruitnoun

    Offspring from a sexual union.

    The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.

  5. fruitnoun

    A homosexual or effeminate man.

  6. fruitverb

    To produce fruit.

  7. Etymology: (1125–75) fruit, frut "fruits and vegetables" from fruit, from fructus, a derivative of frui, from bhrug-; cognate with Modern brauchen "to use", brook "to tolerate". Displaced native ovet (from ofett), wastum (from wæstm), blede (from bled).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRUITnoun

    Etymology: fructus, Latin; frwyth, Welsh; fruit, French.

    The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
    And wholsome berries thrive and ripen best,
    Neighbour’d by fruit of baser quality. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    By tasting of that fruit forbid,
    Where they sought knowledge, they did error find. Davies.

    See how the rising fruits the gardens crown,
    Imbibe the sun, and make his light their own. Richard Blackmore.

    The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness, and truth. Ez. v. 9.

    Can’st thou their reck’nings keep? the time compute,
    When their swol’n bellies shall enlarge their fruit. George Sandys.

    What is become of all the king of Sweden’s victories? Where are the fruits of them at this day? Or of what benefit will they be to posterity? Jonathan Swift.

    Another fruit, from considering things in themselves, will be, that each man will pursue his thoughts in that method which will be most agreeable to the nature of the thing, and to his apprehension of what it suggests to him. John Locke.

    She blushed when she considered the effect of granting; she was pale, when she remembered the fruits of denying. Philip Sidney.

    They shall eat of the fruit of their own way. Prov. i. 31.

    If I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour. Philip i.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fruitverb

    whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; -- commonly used in the plural

  2. Fruitverb

    the pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3

  3. Fruitverb

    the ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it

  4. Fruitverb

    the spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them

  5. Fruitverb

    the produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body

  6. Fruitverb

    that which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance

  7. Fruitverb

    to bear fruit

  8. Etymology: [OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, v. t. See Brook, v. t., and cf. Fructify, Frugal.]


  1. Fruit

    In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues. Fruits are the means by which these plants disseminate seeds. Many of them that bear edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition, respectively; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. Fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural output, and some have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings. In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, bananas, and lemons. On the other hand, the botanical sense of "fruit" includes many structures that are not commonly called "fruits", such as bean pods, corn kernels, wheat grains, and tomatoes. The section of a fungus that produces spores is also called a fruiting body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fruit

    frōōt, n. the produce of the earth, which supplies the wants of men and animals: the part of a plant which contains the seed: the offspring of animals: product, consequence, effect, advantage—(Spens.) Fruict.—v.i. to produce fruit.—ns. Fruit′age, fruit collectively: fruits; Fruit′-bud, a bud that produces fruit; Fruit′-cake, a cake containing raisins, &c.; Fruit′erer, one who deals in fruit:—fem. Fruit′eress; Fruit′ery, a place for storing fruit: fruitage.—adj. Fruit′ful, producing fruit abundantly: productive.—adv. Fruit′fully.—ns. Fruit′fulness; Fruit′ing, process of bearing fruit; Fruit′-knife, a knife with a blade of silver, &c., for cutting fruit.—adj. Fruit′less, barren: without profit: useless.—adv. Fruit′lessly.—ns. Fruit′lessness; Fruit′-tree, a tree yielding edible fruit.—adj. Fruit′y, like, or tasting like, fruit.—Small fruits, strawberries, currants, &c. [O. Fr. fruit, fruict—L. fructusfrui, fructus, to enjoy.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Fruit

    The fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds.

Editors Contribution

  1. fruit

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed and tree created and cultivated in various species.

    Fruit is a beautiful food and is available around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fruit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2590

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fruit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2018

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fruit' in Nouns Frequency: #906

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fruit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fruit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of fruit in a Sentence

  1. John Hutagaol:

    It's the low hanging fruit and can be applied as per every country's rules.

  2. Sakchai Sriboonsue:

    This year there will be enough water, rice will be abundant and cereals and fruit bountiful, foreign trade will grow and the economy will prosper.

  3. Laura Cipullo:

    Laura Cipullo says. $ 2.49 each at Whole Foods( locations atWholeFoodsMarket.com) 7. Pitaya Also known as dragon fruit, this colorful cactus has a kiwilike taste. It’s rich in phytonutrients, good fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, says Laura Cipullo, a registered dietitian based near Union Square. How to enjoy it : Slice it open raw and scoop out the flesh for a refreshing and healthy treat, or look for frozen pitaya and make smoothies with it. $ 4 a pound at Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester St. ; 212-966-0337 FOLLOW Laura Cipullo ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS 8. Cracked freekeh Move over, quinoa, and make room for freekeh.

  4. Brandon Auerbach:

    It may be possible that this age group is at higher risk for weight gain from drinking 100% fruit juice than older children.

  5. Joseph Chopko:

    There wouldn't be enough natural predators to keep them in check, and the way they multiply, the devastation that happens on the fruit is dangerous.

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