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English

Etymology

(1125–75) Middle English fruit, fruits and vegetables, from Old French fruit, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fructus, enjoyment, proceeds, profits, produce, income, a derivative of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] frui, to have the benefit of, to use, to enjoy, from Proto-Indo-European *bhrug- (to make use of, to have enjoyment of); cognate with Modern German brauchen, to use.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
fruit

Plural
s

fruit (s) (see Usage notes for discussion of plural)
  1. (botany) The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.
    While cucumber is technically a fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam.
  2. Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.
    Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.
  3. A positive end result or reward of labour or effort.
    His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit, when his business boomed and he was given a raise.
  4. Offspring from a sexual union.
    The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.
  5. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A homosexual or effeminate man.

Usage notes

  • In the botanical and figurative senses, fruit is a singular noun and also used as a collective noun.
    a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit.
  • Fruits is also sometimes used as the plural in the botanical sense.
    berries, achenes, and nuts are all fruits; the fruits of this plant split into two parts.
  • When fruit is used as a collective noun in the botanical sense, a piece of fruit is often used as the corresponding singular form.
  • In senses other than the botanical or figurative ones derived from the botanical sense, the plural is fruits.

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Verb

Infinitive
to fruit

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fruit (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To produce fruit.

See also


Catalan

Etymology

Latin fructus

Noun

fruit

  1. fruit

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

fruit n. (invariable)

  1. (botany) fruit (produced by trees or bushes, or any sweet vegetable)

Synonyms


French

Pronunciation

Noun

fruit m. (plural fruits)

  1. fruit (1)
  2. fruit (2)
  3. fruit (3)
  4. fruit (4)

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