Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin fructus, from frui 'to enjoy, have the use of'


1 noun
fruit1 S2 W2 plural fruit or fruits
1 [uncountable and countable]DF something that grows on a plant, tree, or bush, can be eaten as a food, contains seeds or a stone, and is usually sweet:
Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit.
a glass of fruit juice
a large garden with fruit trees
dried fruit, soft fruit
2 [uncountable and countable] technicalHBP the part of a plant, bush, or tree that contains the seeds

the fruit(s) of something

the good results that you have from something, after you have worked very hard:
I'm looking forward to retirement and having time to enjoy the fruits of my labour (=the results of my hard work).

in fruit

technicalHBP trees, plants etc that are in fruit are producing their fruit

the fruits of the earth

literaryDN all the natural things that the earth produces, such as fruit, vegetables, or minerals

➔ bear fruit

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