The fruit of something is what it produces, like the apples on apples trees, the grapes on grapevines, or the fruit of your labor, like the cake you baked.

Fruit comes from the Latin fructus, whose root is frui, "to enjoy." The fruit of a plant, like an orange or banana, is the product of the plant that we enjoy. (You wouldn't munch on the orange tree's branch, would you?) But fruit is also the product of any work. A woven rug is the fruit of the loom, while an infant, figuratively, is called the fruit of the womb.

Primary Meanings of fruit

the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
bear fruit
an amount of a product
the consequence of some effort or action
Full Definitions of fruit

n the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

show 138 types...
hide 138 types...
edible fruit
edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
juniper berry
berrylike fruit of a plant of the genus Juniperus especially the berrylike cone of the common juniper
May apple
edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant
small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall
any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
prairie gourd
small hard green-and-white inedible fruit of the prairie gourd plant
blue fig, quandong
the fruit of the Brisbane quandong tree
fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
hip, rose hip, rosehip
the fruit of a rose plant
wild cherry
the fruit of the wild cherry tree
small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made
small cherry much liked by birds
the fruit of the chokecherry tree
decorative red berrylike fruit of a rowan tree
buffalo nut, elk nut, oil nut
oily drupaceous fruit of rabbitwood
capitulum, ear, spike
fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
a diminutive fruit, especially one that is part of a multiple fruit
a small hard fruit
a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
aggregate fruit, multiple fruit, syncarp
fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes derived from separate ovaries within a common receptacle: e.g. blackberry; raspberry; pineapple
drupe, stone fruit
fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
false fruit, pome
a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part
pod, seedpod
a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
pyxidium, pyxis
fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
accessory fruit, pseudocarp
fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
buckthorn berry, yellow berry
fruit of various buckthorns yielding dyes or pigments
spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
a dry dehiscent fruit that at maturity splits into two or more parts each with a single seed
fruit (especially peach) whose flesh does not adhere to the pit
cling, clingstone
fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
fruit that has fallen from the tree
fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh
any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
very tart red berry used for sauce or juice
lansa, lansat, lanseh, lanset
East Indian tart yellow berrylike fruit
carambola, star fruit
deeply ridged yellow-brown tropical fruit; used raw as a vegetable or in salad or when fully ripe as a dessert
ceriman, monstera
tropical cylindrical fruit resembling a pinecone with pineapple-banana flavor
carissa plum, natal plum
edible scarlet plumlike fruit of a South African plant
citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit
any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions
tangelo, ugli, ugli fruit
large sweet juicy hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit having a thick wrinkled skin
oval-shaped edible seed of the almond tree
downy yellow to rosy-colored fruit resembling a small peach
downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin
highly colored edible fruit of pitahaya cactus having bright red juice; often as large as a peach
any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit
dried fruit
fruit preserved by drying
fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
ananas, pineapple
large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated
anchovy pear, river pear
West Indian fruit resembling the mango; often pickled
elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
passion fruit
egg-shaped tropical fruit of certain passionflower vines; used for sherbets and confectionery and drinks
a large round seedless or seeded fruit with a texture like bread; eaten boiled or baked or roasted or ground into flour; the roasted seeds resemble chestnuts
jack, jackfruit, jak
immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
canistel, eggfruit
ovoid orange-yellow mealy sweet fruit of Florida and West Indies
any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh
a red fruit with a single hard stone
coco plum, cocoa plum, icaco
plum-shaped whitish to almost black fruit used for preserves; tropical American
any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
custard apple
the fruit of any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona having soft edible pulp
papaw, pawpaw
fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
large oval melon-like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh
kai apple
South African fruit smelling and tasting like apricots; used for pickles and preserves
ketembilla, kitambilla, kitembilla
maroon-purple gooseberry-like fruit of India having tart-sweet purple pulp used especially for preserves
ackee, akee
red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
feijoa, pineapple guava
dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
Spanish lime, genip
round one-inch Caribbean fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp; eaten like grapes
genipap, genipap fruit
a succulent orange-sized tropical fruit with a thick rind
Chinese gooseberry, kiwi, kiwi fruit
fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh
Japanese plum, loquat
yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies
two- to three-inch tropical fruit with juicy flesh suggestive of both peaches and pineapples
large oval tropical fruit having smooth skin, juicy aromatic pulp, and a large hairy seed
sapodilla, sapodilla plum, sapota
tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp
mammee, marmalade plum, sapote
brown oval fruit flesh makes excellent sherbet
tamarind, tamarindo
large tropical seed pod with very tangy pulp that is eaten fresh or cooked with rice and fish or preserved for curries and chutneys
aguacate, alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
berrylike fruit of an elder used for e.g. wines and jellies
tropical fruit having yellow skin and pink pulp; eaten fresh or used for e.g. jellies
purplish tropical fruit
hog plum, yellow mombin
yellow oval tropical fruit
hog plum, wild plum
fruit of the wild plum of southern United States
tough-skinned purple grapelike tropical fruit grown in Brazil
Chinese date, Chinese jujube, jujube
dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees
leechee, lichee, lichi, litchee, litchi, litchi nut, lychee
Chinese fruit having a thin brittle shell enclosing a sweet jellylike pulp and a single seed; often dried
dragon's eye, longanberry
Asian fruit similar to litchi
mamey, mammee, mammee apple
globular or ovoid tropical fruit with thick russet leathery rind and juicy yellow or reddish flesh
tropical fruit from the Philippines having a mass of small seeds embedded in sweetish white pulp
crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
a South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and pithy flesh having a sweet-acid taste
one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
hybrid between plum and apricot
large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind
prickly pear
round or pear-shaped spiny fruit of any of various prickly pear cacti
small berrylike fruit
Barbados gooseberry, blade apple
small yellow to orange fruit of the Barbados gooseberry cactus used in desserts and preserves and jellies
native peach, quandang, quandong, quantong
red Australian fruit; used for dessert or in jam
aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
rambotan, rambutan
pleasantly acid bright red oval Malayan fruit covered with soft spines
pulasan, pulassan
fruit of an East Indian tree similar to the rambutan but sweeter
rose apple
fragrant oval yellowish tropical fruit used in jellies and confections
sorb, sorb apple
acid gritty-textured fruit
sour gourd
acid-tasting Australian gourd-like fruit with a woody rind and large seeds
monkey bread, sour gourd
African gourd-like fruit with edible pulp
edible seed
many are used as seasoning
coffee, coffee bean, coffee berry
a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
a small hard seed found in some fruits
bonduc nut, nicker nut, nicker seed
hard shiny grey seed of a bonduc tree; used for making e.g. jewelry
Job's tears
hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
oil-rich seed, oilseed
any of several seeds that yield oil
a poisonous berry of a plant of the genus Actaea
the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
underground pod of the peanut vine
screw bean
spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
safflower seed
seed of the safflower
key, key fruit, samara
a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
an ear of corn
caryopsis, grain
dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
long green edible beaked pods of the okra plant
winged seed of the ash tree
pods of the cowage plant or the stinging hairs covering them; used as a vermifuge when mixed with e.g. honey
coquilla nut
nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
babassu nut
hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
cohune nut
nut of the cohune palm having hard white shells like those of ivory nuts
apple nut, ivory nut, vegetable ivory
nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
neem seed
seed of neem trees; source of pesticides and fertilizer and medicinal products
buckeye, conker, horse chestnut
the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
round gourd of the calabash tree
Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean, jumping seed
seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
usually large hard-shelled seed
the fleshy multiple fruit of the fig consisting of an enlarged hollow receptacle containing numerous fruitlets
bacca, simple fruit
an indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds within a fleshy wall or pericarp: e.g. grape; tomato; cranberry
a small part of an aggregate fruit that resembles a drupe
seedpods that are constricted between the seeds and that break apart when mature into single-seeded segments
Type of:
reproductive structure
the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction

v bear fruit

“the trees fruited early this year”
Type of:
bear, turn out
bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"

v cause to bear fruit


n an amount of a product

Type of:
product, production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

n the consequence of some effort or action

“he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies”
Type of:
aftermath, consequence
the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.