adjective, plum·mer, plum·mest.
- plum curculio,
- plum duff,
- plum pudding,
- plum tomato,
Origin of plum1
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)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At least those parents whose kids landed the plum roles will be.
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|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Caroline Linton|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the GOP, controversialists like John Bolton and Elliott Abrams get plum foreign-policy jobs.
And, when the upper shell was raised, on every dish lay a plum.Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books|Horatia K. F. Eden
It feeds on blackthorn in May and June, and will eat the foliage of almost any kind of plum.The Butterflies of the British Isles|Richard South
In that plum pudd'ner that got in last week—what's her name?There She Blows!|William Hussey Macy
That one is the thumb;And this one wants a plum; This one says, “Where do they grow?”
The parson's wife had sent in a plum pudding, the squire a bottle of old port.An Old English Home|S. Baring-Gould
- 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 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.