A plum is a flowering fruit tree, and it's also the name of the fruit that grows on it. Plums are small, dark reddish purple, and sweet.

Plums have an edible, smooth skin, juicy flesh, and a hard pit in the middle. When plums are dried, they're called prunes. The typical color of a ripe plum — a rich, purple-red shade — is also called plum. And informally, you can say that something great or desirable is plum: "I was just offered a plum role in the school play!"

Primary Meanings of plum

any of several trees producing edible oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single hard stone
a highly desirable position or assignment
Full Definitions of plum

n any of several trees producing edible oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single hard stone

plum tree
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wild plum, wild plum tree
an uncultivated plum tree or shrub
Prunus domestica, common plum
any of various widely distributed plums grown in the cooler temperate areas
Prunus insititia, bullace
small wild or half-domesticated Eurasian plum bearing small ovoid fruit in clusters
Prunus mexicana, big-tree plum
small tree of southwestern United States having purplish-red fruit sometimes cultivated as an ornamental for its large leaves
Canada plum, Prunus nigra
small tree native to northeastern North America having oblong orange-red fruit
Prunus cerasifera, cherry plum, myrobalan, myrobalan plum
small Asiatic tree bearing edible red or yellow fruit
Japanese plum, Prunus salicina
small tree of China and Japan bearing large yellow to red plums usually somewhat inferior to European plums in flavor
Pacific plum, Prunus subcordata, Sierra plum
shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States bearing small red insipid fruit
Alleghany plum, Allegheny plum, Prunus alleghaniensis, sloe
wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
American red plum, August plum, Prunus americana, goose plum
wild plum trees of eastern and central North America having red-orange fruit with yellow flesh
Prunus angustifolia, chickasaw plum, hog plum, hog plum bush
small native American shrubby tree bearing small edible yellow to reddish fruit
Prunus maritima, beach plum, beach plum bush
seacoast shrub of northeastern North America having showy white blossoms and edible purple fruit
Prunus domestica insititia, damson plum, damson plum tree
plum tree long cultivated for its edible fruit
Prunus ilicifolia, evergreen cherry, holly-leaf cherry, holly-leaved cherry, islay
California evergreen wild plum with spiny leathery leaves and white flowers
Type of:
fruit tree
tree bearing edible fruit

n any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit

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damson, damson plum
dark purple plum of the damson tree
greengage, greengage plum
sweet green or greenish-yellow variety of plum
beach plum
small dark purple fruit used especially in jams and pies
small sour dark purple fruit of especially the Allegheny plum bush
Victoria plum
a large red plum served as dessert
Type of:
edible fruit
edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
drupe, stone fruit
fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube

adv exactly


adv completely; used as intensifiers

“I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out”
clean, plumb

n a highly desirable position or assignment

“a political plum
Type of:
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
a job in an organization

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