Definition of greengage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēnˌɡāj/


1 (also greengage plum) A sweet, greenish fruit resembling a small plum. Also called gage3.
Example sentences
  • Cover and leave to simmer for 15 min, stirring regularly to crush the greengages down to a pulp.
  • Bake the tart for 50-60 minutes, until the almond filling is cooked and the plums or greengages are tender.
  • If they are greengages, they'll be sweet and suitable for eating.
2The tree bearing the greengage fruit.
  • Prunus domestica subsp. italica (or P. italica), family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • Residents are now planning to plant another 70 trees, including cherry and greengage, at the orchard, off Leigh Road.


Early 18th century: named after Sir William Gage (1657–1727), the English botanist who introduced it to England.

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Syllabification: green·gage

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