plum

1
[pluhm]

noun

adjective, plum·mer, plum·mest.

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

Origin of plum

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English plūme (cognate with German Pflaume) ≪ Greek proûmnon plum, proúmnē plum tree; cf. prune1
Related formsplum·like, adjective
Can be confusedplum plumb

plum

2
[pluhm]

adjective, adverb

Plum

[pluhm]

noun

a city in SW Pennsylvania.
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plum

1

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 Formsplumlike, adjective

Word Origin for plum

Old English plūme; related to Latin prunum, German Pflaume

plum

2

adjective, adverb

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Word Origin and History for plum
n.

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.

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