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noun     fruit pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
pluralfruit or fruits
  1. 1
    pluralfruit or fruits
    [countable/uncountable] a type of food that grows on trees or plants. It tastes sweet and contains seeds or a pit. Apples and oranges are fruit. Ripe fruit is ready to eat

    Peaches are my favorite fruit.

    fresh/dried/canned fruit:

    Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    a piece of fruit (=one apple, orange, etc.):

    She always has a piece of fruit for dessert.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [countable] the part of a tree or plant that contains its seeds

      a shrub with white flowers and small red fruits

    2. b.
      [only before noun] made from fruit, or relating to fruit

      a fruit tree

      fruit juice/yogurt:

      Would you like water or fruit juice?

  2. 2
    [countable] offensive an offensive word for a man who is gay

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