Definition of mirabelle in US English:



  • 1A sweet yellow fruit that is a variety of the greengage.

    • ‘It smells racy, intense and richly baroque, glittering with aromas of apricots, nectarines and mirabelles.’
    • ‘This time I had semi-dried black figs, large white figs, prunes, mirabelles (a kind of plum), and pears, all of which are from France.’
    • ‘Luxembourg also produces eaux-de-vie, or plum brandies, made from mirabelle (yellow plums) and quetsch (purple plums).’
    • ‘That's when we saw a section which had first escaped our attention, the pick-your-own plum trees - dozens upon dozens of beautiful leafy trees, positively laden with quetsches and mirabelles.’
    • ‘The mirabelles, which are another group of mainly yellow plums, are also hard to classify with confidence but placed by some authorities as varieties of P. insititia.’
    1. 1.1 The tree that bears mirabelles.
    2. 1.2 A liqueur distilled from mirabelles.


Early 18th century: from French.