plum

[ pluhm ]
/ plʌm /

noun

adjective, plum·mer, plum·mest.

extremely desirable, rewarding, profitable, or the like: a plum job in the foreign service.

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Origin of plum

before 900; Middle English; Old English plūme (cognate with German Pflaume) ≪ Greek proûmnon plum, proúmnē plum tree; cf. prune1

OTHER WORDS FROM plum

plumlike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH plum

plum , plumb

Definition for plum (2 of 2)

Plum
[ pluhm ]
/ plʌm /

noun

a city in SW Pennsylvania.
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British Dictionary definitions for plum (1 of 2)

plum1
/ (plʌm) /

noun

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
  1. a dark reddish-purple colour
  2. (as adjective)a plum carpet
informal
  1. something of a superior or desirable kind, such as a financial bonus
  2. (as modifier)a plum job

Derived forms of plum

plumlike, adjective

Word Origin for plum

Old English plūme; related to Latin prunum, German Pflaume

British Dictionary definitions for plum (2 of 2)

plum2
/ (plʌm) /

adjective, adverb

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