Definition of durian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdo͝orēˌän//ˈdo͝orēən/


  • 1An oval spiny tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell, it is highly esteemed for its flavor.

    • ‘For instance, the smell of durians is fragrant for people in some cultures but repellant for those in others.’
    • ‘Westerners find the smell of durians too strong.’
    • ‘The Thai fruits which are most popular include durians, mangosteens, rambutans, and longans.’
    • ‘Many foods and drinks can cause malodour, especially garlic, onions, curries, the fruit durian, etc.’
    • ‘The only downer was that the durian we bought was an utter disappointment - durian smells bad, sure, but it shouldn't taste like a combination of joggers' socks and onions.’
    • ‘Another suggestion was made to have products such as fried durian, Thai fruit juice, and hand-woven items on display in hotels where guests can purchase them as souvenirs.’
    • ‘As an agricultural country, Thailand is a land of fruits, such as rambutan, loongen, lichee and durian.’
    • ‘Tropical fruits grow in abundance, and a local favorite is the durian, known by its spiked shell and fermented flesh whose pungent aroma and taste often separates locals from foreigners.’
    • ‘Other organic products that gained popularity include bananas, durians, corn and other vegetables used for salad.’
    • ‘Well the durians are the king of tropical fruits, and it's the most widely traded tropical fruit in South East Asia.’
    • ‘We take a sightseeing boat trip around the bay and get a glimpse of the smart new opera house which looks exactly like two durians - a very distinctive local fruit that tastes great but has a repellant smell.’
    • ‘Even Indonesians acknowledge that prolonged exposure to the smell may have negative effects, and as a result, the carriage of durians on public transport is forbidden.’
    • ‘The evening concluded with the ritual massacre of a durian, a Thai fruit which looks like a bagpipe.’
    • ‘Villagers in Muslim-dominated Seith on the western tip of Ambon island watched in bemusement as their main guest, a Christian traditional leader, enjoyed durian with the other guests on one rainy January day.’
    • ‘If we're lucky, we can buy big and tasty durians.’
    • ‘The Jamaican may retain his farinaceous banana and the Malay his durian, but for us, it's the apple.’
    • ‘Strawberry, durian, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, rum raisin and nougat are on the menu.’
    • ‘To eliminate the strong smell of durian, the peeled durian is placed in a plastic box.’
    • ‘He fumbles the last fruit - the durian - and it slips from his hands and splatters at Colin's feet.’
    • ‘Dad's been spoiling me with expensive durians.’
  • 2The large tree that bears the durian fruit, native to Malaysia.

    • ‘‘But now I can grow trees like banana, durian, avocado and jackfruit to fulfill my own needs and patchouli that can be sold to businessmen for the cosmetics industry,’ he added.’
    • ‘Many famous raw foodists don't have any qualms about eating lots of foods that are grown on the other side of our planet (one famous raw foodist calls himself the Durian King, though he lives in New York and durians are grown in Malaysia).’
    • ‘Kebayoran Baru was just a large plantation mostly with rambutan and durian trees, just like other suburbs here.’


Late 16th century: from Malay durian, from duri thorn.