(1)   An amount of a product
(2)   The consequence of some effort or action
"He lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"
(3)   The ripened reproductive body of a seed plant


(4)   Bear fruit
"The trees fruited early this year"
(5)   Cause to bear fruit


fruit, fruits and vegetables, from fruit, from fructus, enjoyment, proceeds, profits, produce, income, a derivative of frui, to have the benefit of, to use, to enjoy, from ; cognate with Modern German brauchen, to use.


(see Usage notes for discussion of plural)
  1. 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. 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. 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. Offspring from a sexual union.
    The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.
  5. A homosexual or effeminate man.

Usage notes

  • In the botanical and figurative senses, is usually treated as uncountable:
    a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit. is also sometimes used as the plural in the botanical sense:
    berries, achenes, and nuts are all fruits; the fruits of this plant split into two parts.
  • When is treated as uncountable in the botanical sense, is often used as a singulative.
  • In senses other than the botanical or figurative ones derived from the botanical sense, the plural is .

See also

:Category:Fruits for a list of fruits
  • List of fruits in Wikipedia