noun Chiefly British.

a dealer in fruit.

Origin of fruiterer

1375–1425; late Middle English; extended form of fruiter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fruiterer

Historical Examples of fruiterer

  • On the way he entered a fruiterer's shop and inquired the price of grapes.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The fruiterer and greengrocer is a person unknown in the Vosges.

    Three Men on the Bummel

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • To the fruiterer I said his doom was nigh, and to the baker and candlestick maker that his hour had come.

    Caught by the Turks

    Francis Yeats-Brown

  • One night in the autumn Nana went out, saying she wanted some baked pears from the fruiterer's.


    Emile Zola

  • Nelly was the vagabond daughter of a poor Cavalier captain and fruiterer, who is said to have died in prison at Oxford.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for fruiterer



mainly British a fruit dealer or seller
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