- the drupaceous fruit of any of several trees belonging to the genus Prunus, of the rose family, having an oblong stone.
- the tree itself.
- any of various other trees bearing a plumlike fruit.
- the fruit itself.
- a sugarplum.
- a raisin, as in a cake or pudding.
- a deep purple varying from bluish to reddish.
- Informal. an excellent or desirable thing, as a fine position: The choicest plums went to his old cronies.
- Informal. an unanticipated large increase in money or property, as an unexpected legacy; a windfall: The company offered bonuses and other plums.
- Also called displacer. a large stone used in massive concrete construction.
- extremely desirable, rewarding, profitable, or the like: a plum job in the foreign service.
Origin of plum1
- a city in SW Pennsylvania.
Examples from the Web for plum
It was popularized as a holiday dessert in 16th-century England and also is known as Christmas pudding or plum pudding.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
At least those parents whose kids landed the plum roles will be.Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror?
December 21, 2014
Central won thirty-three consecutive games, and Suffridge became a plum for the college recruiters.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
After realizing how difficult this plum post would be, “Biden” writes that he “wised up and settled on my current fallback plan.”Speed Read: 11 Best Bits from Joe Biden Satire ‘The President of Vice’
January 19, 2013
In the GOP, controversialists like John Bolton and Elliott Abrams get plum foreign-policy jobs.The Real Problem With Susan Rice
December 10, 2012
Hence the apple, pear, and plum are often grafted on the white thorn.
Turkey was twenty-three cents a pound, but she had one, and plum puddin', too.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
This ground he cultivates and has a few apple, plum and peach trees in his yard.The Negro Farmer
But still,—still it is so poor a thing to miss your plum because you do not dare to shake the tree!Is He Popenjoy?
I'm plum 'shamed of the way our gals is actin' with the boarders.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
- a small rosaceous tree, Prunus domestica, with white flowers and an edible oval fruit that is purple, yellow, or green and contains an oval stoneSee also greengage, damson
- the fruit of this tree
- a raisin, as used in a cake or pudding
- a dark reddish-purple colour
- (as adjective)a plum carpet
- something of a superior or desirable kind, such as a financial bonus
- (as modifier)a plum job
Word Origin and History for plum
Old English plume "plum, plum tree," from an early Germanic borrowing (cf. Middle Dutch prume, Dutch pruim, Old High German pfluma, pfruma, German Pflaume) from Vulgar Latin *pruna, from Latin prunum "plum," from Greek prounon, later form of proumnon, of unknown origin, perhaps from an Asiatic language (Phrygian?). Also cf. prune (n.). Change of pr- to pl- is peculiar to Germanic. The vowel shortened in early modern English. Meaning "something desirable" is first recorded 1780, probably in reference to the sugar-rich bits of a plum pudding, etc.