Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The first gathered fruits of a harvest, offered to God in gratitude.
  • n.pl. The first results of an undertaking.

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  • n. The first part of a harvest; sometimes made into an offering
  • n. The first profits from an undertaking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.

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Examples

  • The Father had yet a further purpose in it, that these first fruits of Japonian Christianity should be consecrated to God by the Bishop Don John d'Albuquerque, in the capital city of the Indies.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • The first fruits of the expulsion was the keenest disappointment.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The Porter, over joyed, kissed the ground before her and thanked her saying, “By Allah, these monies are the first fruits this day hath given me.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • For that city and for him sighs the Bridegroom's friend, [548] who has now the first fruits of the Spirit laid up with him, but who is still groaning within himself and waiting for adoption, that is, the redemption of his body.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • Its first fruits could not fail to be a respectable body of master-workmen.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • But the "Statute of Provisors" recites that the evils complained of in the petition leading to this Statute of Edward I still continue, and "that our holy father, the Pope" (Notre seinte piere le Pape), still reserves to his collation benefices in England, giving them to aliens and denizens and taking first fruits and other profits, the purchasers of benefices taking out of the kingdom a great part of its treasure.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The first fruits of the union of Richard Burdsall and Mary Stables, was Mary, the subject of the present memoir ” the step-sister of the Rev. John Burdsall, who still survives.

    Religion in Earnest

  • “Take these four thousand dinars to thy capital and let me see the first fruits of thy dyery.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Up betimes, and to my Journall entries, but disturbed by many businesses, among others by Mr. Houblon's coming to me about evening their freight for Tangier, which I did, and then Mr. Bland, who presented me yesterday with a very fine African mat, to lay upon the ground under a bed of state, being the first fruits of our peace with Guyland.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1666

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