What does fruit mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fruit(noun)

    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

  2. yield, fruit(noun)

    an amount of a product

  3. fruit(verb)

    the consequence of some effort or action

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

  4. fruit(verb)

    cause to bear fruit

  5. fruit(verb)

    bear fruit

    "the trees fruited early this year"


  1. fruit(Noun)

    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. fruit(Noun)

    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. fruit(Noun)

    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. fruit(Noun)

    Offspring from a sexual union.

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

  5. fruit(Noun)

    A homosexual or effeminate man.

  6. fruit(Verb)

    To produce fruit.

  7. Origin: (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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fruit(verb)

    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. Fruit(verb)

    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. Fruit(verb)

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

  4. Fruit(verb)

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

  5. Fruit(verb)

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

  6. Fruit(verb)

    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. Fruit(verb)

    to bear fruit

  8. Origin: [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.

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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. Molière:

    Love is often the fruit of marriage.

  2. Baltasar Gracian:

    Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

  3. Tittu M Johhn:

    Forgiveness is the fruit of understanding

  4. Aristotle:

    Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

  5. Herodotus:

    All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.

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