Definition of fruit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fruːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fruːt//
    Fruit, Crops
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  1. 1   [countable, uncountable] the part of a plant that consists of one or more seeds and flesh, can be eaten as food and usually tastes sweet tropical fruits, such as bananas and pineapples Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. a piece of fruit (= an apple, an orange, etc.) fruit juice fruit trees compare vegetable see also dried fruit, first fruit, soft fruit See related entries: Fruit, Crops
  2. 2 [countable] (specialist) a part of a plant or tree that is formed after the flowers have died and in which seeds develop
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] (literary) all the natural things that the earth produces
  4. 4[countable] (offensive) an offensive word for a homosexual man
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin fructus ‘enjoyment of produce, harvest’, from frui ‘enjoy’, related to fruges ‘fruits of the earth’, plural (and most common form) of frux, frug- ‘fruit’.Extra examples Finish the meal with a piece of fresh fruit. He was now reaping the fruits of all his hard work. The crab apple bears a small, bitter fruit. Their work left them enough time to enjoy the fruits of their success. citrus fruits such as limes and lemons five daily portions of fruit and vegetables the first fruits of the government’s health campaignIdioms to have a successful result a thing that is not allowed and that therefore seems very attractive
    the fruit/fruits of something
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    the good results of an activity or a situation to enjoy the fruits of your labours (= the rewards for your hard work) The book is the fruit of years of research.
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