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first fruits

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plural noun
  1. the earliest fruit of the season.
  2. the first products or results of anything.
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Origin of first fruits

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Related Words

cropharvestoutputpayoffproduceyieldfruits

Examples from the Web for first fruits

Historical Examples

  • Thine offering of the lamb is more pleasing than the first-fruits of the harvest.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • In April they present the first-fruits of the mango harvest.

  • They were relieved from paying tenths in the year they paid their first-fruits.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • The first-fruits have been gathered, and the harvest will come.

  • Well, in a sense, I have had my joy, the first-fruits of it at least.'

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward


British Dictionary definitions for first fruits

first fruits

pl n
  1. the first results, products, or profits of an undertaking
  2. fruit that ripens first
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