Definition of fruiter in US English:



  • A tree producing fruit at a specified time or in a specified manner.

    ‘the wet-season fruiters’
    • ‘A large mandarin tree in the centre of the garden is a prolific fruiter but the fruit is quite sour.’
    • ‘Fruiting Cherries are self-pollinating but will be heavier fruiters if planted with other Fruiting Cherry that share the same bloom time.’
    • ‘Copper sulfate is the oldest and most effective mean for protection of fruiters, bushes, grapevines and other plants from various diseases.’
    • ‘Suillus pungens is one of the most abundant fruiters in the coastal pine forests that we have studied.’
    • ‘Floricane number was also affected by cultivar in the floricane fruiters, while berry weight was significantly affected by the interaction between cultivar and drip configuration.’
    • ‘A boring apple, like a Worcester but even less so - but the point is, they are the only variety so hardy that they are reliable fruiters up here in the deep North.’
    • ‘Thanks to these techniques, Bruns and his colleagues have been able to show, for example, that the most abundant mycorrhizal fungi are not the dominate fruiters.’
    • ‘The support of a wall, fence or more traditionally posts and strong wires is essential for summer-fruiting varieties, although autumn fruiters need much less substantial help.’
    • ‘Well, I did the summer ones; the autumn fruiters will last a little while longer.’
    • ‘Several other species such as R. occidentalis and R. vulgaris are common fruiters in mature coastal pine forests, but we have not encountered roots colonized by them in any mature forest settings.’
    • ‘This is a great prolific fruiter that yields average to large fruits with the larger ones appearing in the later flushes.’
    • ‘Are Sultanas and Minindees late fruiters or is it more likely the climate up here that appears to have them still growing vigorously?’
    • ‘They are used successfully for planting grapes, tobacco, attar plants and drought-resistant fruiters.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘fruit grower’): from Old French fruitier, from fruit ‘fruit’; in later use from fruit + -er. The current sense dates from the 19th century.