fruit (see Usage notes for discussion of plural)
- (often, in the plural) In general, a product of plant growth useful to man or animals.
- Specifically, a sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit (see next sense), even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetable, such as the petiole of rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.
- (botany) A product of fertilization in a plant, specifically:
- An end result, effect, or consequence; advantageous or disadvantageous result.
- His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit when his business boomed and he was given a raise.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
- the fruit of rashness
- Bible, Isaiah iii. 10
- They shall eat the fruit of their doings.
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 20, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
- (attributive) Of, belonging to, related to, or having fruit or its characteristics; (of living things) producing or consuming fruit.
- the fresh-squeezed fruit juice; a fruit salad; an artificial fruit flavor; a fruit tree; a fruit bat
- (dated, colloquial, derogatory) A homosexual man; (derogatory, figurative) an effeminate man. 
- (archaic) Offspring from a sexual union.
- Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
- The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown
- French: fruit
- German: Frucht
- Italian: frutto
- Portuguese: fruta (collective), fruto
- Russian: плод
- Spanish: fruta, fruto
- French: fruit
- German: Frucht, Obst
- Italian: frutto, frutta (collective, uncountable),
- Russian: фрукт
- Spanish: fruta
- French: pédé, (effeminate) folle f
- German: Schwuler, Schwuchtel, Tunte
- Italian: frocio, finocchio
- Portuguese: bicha
- Russian: го́мик
- Spanish: maricón, marica
fruit (fruits, present participle fruiting; past and past participle fruited)
- To produce fruit, seeds, or spores.