tomato[tə māt′ō, -mät′ō]
- The definition of a tomato is a typically red fruit with juicy insides, used as a vegetable.
An example of a tomato is the main ingredient for marinara sauce.
Three ripe tomatoes.
- a red or yellowish fruit with a juicy pulp, used as a vegetable: botanically it is a berry
- the annual plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) of the nightshade family, on which this berry grows
- ☆ Slang an attractive young woman
Origin of tomatoSpanish tomate ; from Nahuatl tomaλ
- A widely cultivated plant (Solanum lycopersicum syn. Lycopersicon esculentum) in the nightshade family, having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit. Tomatoes are native to and were first domesticated in northern South America.
- The fruit of this plant.
Origin of tomatoAlteration of Spanish tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl, fleshy globose fruit, tomatillo, tomato.
(plural tomatoes or tomatos)
- A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit
- The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture
- Note: The US Supreme Court in Nix v. Hedden (1893) ruled that a tomato is a vegetable.
- A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.
- (slang) A desirable-looking woman.
- Lookit the legs on that hot tomato!
- (slang) A stupid act or person.
(third-person singular simple present tomatos, present participle tomatoing, simple past and past participle tomatoed)
- to pelt with tomatoes
- to add tomatoes to (a dish)
From Spanish tomate, from Classical Nahuatl tomatl, xītomatl.