Definition of "fruit" []

  • The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms. (noun)
  • An edible, usually sweet and fleshy form of such a structure. (noun)
  • A part or an amount of such a plant product, served as food: fruit for dessert. (noun)
  • The fertile, often spore-bearing structure of a plant that does not bear seeds. (noun)
  • A plant crop or product: the fruits of the earth. (noun)
  • The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, containing one or more seeds. It may be dry, as in the poppy, or fleshy, as in the peach (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any fleshy part of a plant, other than the above structure, that supports the seeds and is edible, such as the strawberry (noun)
  • The specialized spore-producing structure of plants that do not bear seeds (noun)
  • Any plant product useful to man, including grain, vegetables, etc (noun)
  • The result or consequence of an action or effort (noun)
  • Chap; fellow: used as a term of address (noun)
  • A person considered to be eccentric or insane (noun)
  • A male homosexual (noun)
  • Offspring of man or animals; progeny (noun)
  • To bear or cause to bear fruit (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "fruit" in a sentence
  • "We question, however, whether this hypertrophy of fruit or vegetables improves their flavour; give us _English vegetables_ -- ay, and _English fruit_."
  • "The foreign breakfast at eleven is a delicious meal, as will be seen by the following bills of fare: _oeufs au beurre noir_; _saut‚ printanier_ (a sort of stew of meat and fresh vegetables); _viande froide panach‚e_; _salade de saison_; _compote de fruit et pƒtisserie_; _fromage_, _fruit_, _caf‚_."
  • "As Christ says, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matt. vii."