noun, plural fruits, (especially collectively) fruit.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of fruit
Related Words for fruitproduct, nut, crop, produce, grain, berry, harvest, yield, pome, drupe, reward, return, advantage, profit, pay, effect, benefit, result, consequence, outcome
Examples from the Web for fruit
Contemporary Examples of fruit
Once I even got a Durian—Asian fruit notorious for smelling like a sweaty sock—which did not make me popular that month.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
Van Dyke Parks
June 4, 2014
He was eating the meal on which he would play—steak, peas, lettuce, fruit jello, and tea.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
“Instead, go for things that give you energy in a more sustained way, like fruit,” says Kennedy.Short on Zzz’s? 15 Research-Backed Sleep Hacks
May 9, 2014
This is the first time the Vatican calls us for help, which is a good start and the fruit of what they are doing there.Vatican Hustle: Con Men No Longer Welcome in the Holy See
March 31, 2014
Historical Examples of fruit
The fruit of which they partook freely was quite sweet and palatable.Brave and Bold
It was the fruit of experience, of knowledge, of demonstration.The Conquest of Fear
They are much enjoyed by those who are fond of this class of fruit.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
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The purposes for which you intend your fruit is highly important.
You took no drink; the sideboard stands open; my fruit has disappeared.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Word Origin for fruit
late 12c., from Old French fruit "fruit, fruit eaten as dessert; harvest; virtuous action" (12c.), from Latin fructus "an enjoyment, delight, satisfaction; proceeds, produce, fruit, crops," from frug-, stem of frui "to use, enjoy," from PIE *bhrug- "agricultural produce," also "to enjoy" (see brook (v.)).
Classical sense preserved in fruits of one's labor. Originally in English meaning vegetables as well. Modern narrower sense is from early 13c. Meaning "odd person, eccentric" is from 1910; that of "male homosexual" is from 1935. The term also is noted in 1931 as tramp slang for "a girl or woman willing to oblige," probably from the fact of being "easy picking." Fruit salad recorded from 1861.
Usage: To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to a botanist a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific speech we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squash-all fruits in the eyes of a botanist-as vegetables.
see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.