- fruit [fro͞ot]n.pl. fruit or fruits [ME < OFr < L fructus, enjoyment, means of enjoyment, fruit, produce, profit < pp. of frui, to partake of, enjoy < IE base * bhrūg-, fruit, to enjoy > BROOK2]1. any plant product, as grain, flax, vegetables, etc.usually used in pl.2. 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 vegetables3. the quality of being FRUITY (sense 1b); fruitiness: said of wine4. the result, product, or consequence of any action [fruit of hard work ]☆ 5. Slang a male homosexual: term of contempt or derision6. Archaic the young of animals or man7. 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.: see TRUE FRUIT, FALSE FRUITvi., vt.to bear or cause to bear fruit
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.