Definition of jujube in English:



  • 1The edible berrylike fruit of a Eurasian plant, formerly taken as a cure for coughs.

    • ‘The bride is fed jujubes, a date like fruit, to increase the chance of having a son in the near future.’
    • ‘Roger Meyer made essentially the same discovery about the jujube several years ago - by accident.’
    • ‘Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.’
    • ‘Wild jujubes, a type of fruit widely seen in north China, symbolizes the straightforward, faithful and resolute character of northern Chinese represented by Shanxi merchants.’
    • ‘While there, I succumbed to the impulse buy of jujubes.’
    1. 1.1North American A jujube-flavoured lozenge or sweet.
      • ‘There were other rooms full of almonds, which they stripped and bleached and converted also into fine flour; or they turned boxes of gelatine into Turkish delight and jujubes.’
  • 2The shrub or small tree that produces the jujube fruit, native to the warmer regions of Eurasia.

    Ziziphus jujuba, family Rhamnaceae

    • ‘Plant jujube in a location that receives full sun and has well-drained soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.’
    • ‘Aggressive planting of hawthorn, pyracantha, creeping juniper, holly, Chinese jujube, roses, blackthorn or prickly ash will help deter criminals.’
    • ‘Thus, farmers say they stake their livestock under the hot shade of the Indian jujube in the winter but they put them under the cool shade of sissoo in the summer.’
    • ‘The Indian jujube has leaves that are woolly beneath instead of smooth like the Chinese jujube.’


Late Middle English: from French, or from medieval Latin jujuba, based on Greek zizuphos.