• IPA: /təˈmɑː.toʊ/
    • (America) IPA: [tʰə̥ˈmɑɾoʊ]
    • (British) IPA: [tʰə̥ˈmɑːtʰəʊ]
    • (AU) IPA: [tʰə̥ˈmɐːtʰɐʉ]
  • IPA: /təˈmeɪ.toʊ/
    • (America, Canada) IPA: [tʰə̥ˈmeɪɾoʊ], [tʰə̥ˈmeɪɾə]
  • IPA: /toʊˈmɑː.toʊ/, /toʊˈmeɪ.toʊ/


  1. A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit.
  2. The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture and cooking.
    Synonyms: love apple, wolf's peach
    meronyms en
    • 1990, JSG Trading Corp. v. Tray-Wrap, Inc., 917 F.2d 75 (2d Cir. 1990)
      In common parlance tomatoes are vegetables, as the Supreme Court observed long ago [see Nix v. Hedden 149 U.S. 304, 307, 13 S.Ct. 881, 882, 37 L.Ed. 745 (1893)], although botanically speaking they are actually a fruit. [26 Encyclopedia Americana 832 (Int'l. ed. 1981)]. Regardless of classification, people have been enjoying tomatoes for centuries; even Mr. Pickwick, as Dickens relates, ate his chops in "tomata" sauce.
  3. A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.
  4. (slang) A desirable-looking woman.
    Lookit the legs on that hot tomato!
  5. (slang) A stupid act or person.
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tomato (tomatos, present participle tomatoing; past and past participle tomatoed)

  1. (transitive) to pelt with tomatoes
  2. (transitive) to add tomatoes to (a dish)

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