nounpl. or fruits
- any plant product, as grain, flax, vegetables, etc.: usually used in pl.
- the edible plant structure of a mature ovary of a flowering plant, usually eaten raw: many fruits which are not sweet, as tomatoes, beans, green peppers, etc., are popularly called vegetables
- the quality of being fruity (sense ); fruitiness: said of wine
- the result, product, or consequence of any action: fruit of hard work
- Slang a male homosexual: term of contempt or derision
- Archaic offspring; young
- Bot. the mature ovary of a flowering plant, together with its contents, and any closely connected parts, as the whole peach, pea pod, cucumber, etc.
Origin of fruitMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin fructus, enjoyment, means of enjoyment, fruit, produce, profit from past participle of frui, to partake of, enjoy from Indo-European base an unverified form bhr?g-, fruit, to enjoy from source brook