1the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food:tropical fruits such as mangoes and papaya [mass noun]:eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables Botany the seed-bearing structure of a plant, e.g. an acorn. archaic
or literary natural produce that can be used for food:we give thanks for the fruits of the earth
or the fruit
) the result or reward of work or activity:the pupils began to appreciate the fruits of their labours
archaic offspring: I’ve brought along the fruit of my loins she couldn’t bear not to see the fruit of her womb
2North American informal
, derogatory a male homosexual.
(of a tree or other plant) produce fruit:the trees fruit very early (as noun fruiting)cover strawberries with cloches to encourage early fruiting