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.


  1. Fruit

    In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants that is formed from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means by which flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) disseminate their seeds. Edible fruits in particular have long propagated using the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship that is the means for seed dispersal for the one group and nutrition for the other; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. Consequently, fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings. In common language usage, fruit normally means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible in the raw state, such as apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, and strawberries. In botanical usage, the term fruit also includes many structures that are not commonly called 'fruits' in everyday language, such as nuts, bean pods, corn kernels, tomatoes, and wheat grains.


  1. fruit

    Fruit is the mature ovary of a flowering plant, typically containing seeds, that develops after fertilization has taken place. It can be consumed in a raw or cooked form and is known for its nutritional qualities, such as a high content of vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Fruits come in various forms and flavors, ranging from sweet, sour, to bitter, and they are a primary source of universal agricultural production. Examples include apples, oranges, berries, bananas, and grapes. Fruits are distinct from vegetables, usually due to their sweet taste.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FRUIT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fruit is ranked #31824 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fruit surname appeared 725 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fruit.

    91% or 660 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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. Adam Smith:

    We get everything from caviar and lobster to fruit and vegetables, the majority of dishes on our menus are chicken infused as we get 150 kilos of chicken a week.

  2. Antony Blinken:

    Of course, many of these investments can take time to bear fruit.

  3. RJ Intindola:

    Love is often described as a fruit you can just reach out with your hand and pluck. However, one should beware, that although glowing in color, the fruit is often tainted or rotten.

  4. The Omani Shed:

    Siblings are branches of a tree some stay close some go in different directions they fruit, grow bigger till they die and fall

  5. Bryant McGill:

    Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.

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(of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
  • A. tacky
  • B. occlusive
  • C. incumbent
  • D. contiguous

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