Definition of tomato in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈmɑːtəʊ/

noun (plural tomatoes)

1A glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit which is eaten as a vegetable or in salad.
Example sentences
  • I make salad with avocados, tomato, lettuce and spring onions, with an olive oil and red wine dressing.
  • Lycopene is one of the pigments that colour tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow.
  • So now I'm having a bet each way, with a warm salad of aubergine, tomato and mozzarella.
1.1 [mass noun] The bright red colour of a ripe tomato: she got into the tomato Mini and drove away [as modifier]: a tomato red sweatshirt
More example sentences
  • Unlike Chinese red, tomato red is not quite as bright, having more orange and white than does a true bright red.
  • Shana's face darkened from pale pink to tomato red in a matter of seconds.
  • My face turned an unattractive shade of tomato red, clashing with my hair.
2The South American plant of the nightshade family which produces the tomato. It is widely grown as a cash crop and many varieties have been developed.
  • Lycopersicon esculentum, family Solanaceae.
Example sentences
  • They discussed some tips for planting summer crops like tomatoes and capsicums.
  • I personally think if you can only grow two plants it should be a pot of tomatoes and a pot of basil.
  • In the garden at the back my aunt grew tomatoes, greens and lettuces.



Example sentences
  • I think I'm going to try and make them into a tomatoey sauce.
  • It is leftover chickeny tomatoey pasta from Thursday.
  • A speciality not to miss is the simple but delicious spaghetti alla vongole - spaghetti with clams - and not a drop of tomatoey gloop in sight.


Early 17th century: from French, Spanish, or Portuguese tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.

Words that rhyme with tomato

agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, vibrato, Waikato

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