Meaning of tomato in English:


Pronunciation /təˈmɑːtəʊ/

Translate tomato into Spanish


  • 1A glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit that is eaten as a vegetable or in salad.

    ‘I make salad with avocados, tomato, lettuce and spring onions, with an olive oil and red wine dressing.’
    • ‘Lycopene is one of the pigments that colour tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow.’
    • ‘So now I'm having a bet each way, with a warm salad of aubergine, tomato and mozzarella.’
    • ‘Cow's milk, wheat, tomatoes sugar and fruit are some of the most common triggers.’
    • ‘Put the onions, peppers and tomatoes on a piece of foil on a baking sheet and place in the oven.’
    • ‘Throw in lots of vegetables and canned tomatoes, beans and lentils, rice and pasta.’
    • ‘Season the tomatoes with black pepper and put them under the grill.’
    • ‘Strew the mozzarella and tomatoes over the pizzas, then add the pancetta, ruffling it up a bit.’
    • ‘Stewing tomatoes in olive oil makes lycopene more available to the body.’
    • ‘Stir in the tomato: test the vegetables again for seasoning and allow the mixture to cool.’
    • ‘Tear up the coriander leaves and toss them with the tomatoes, onions, a grinding of black pepper and the olive oil.’
    • ‘Mix the tomatoes with the parsley and olives, capers, olive oil, lemon juice and pepper.’
    • ‘His cuisine includes dishes with cheese and tomatoes and cheese salad is one of his favourite.’
    • ‘Paul came round for dinner and I did pasta, and picked us fresh yellow tomatoes from the greenhouse.’
    • ‘Let me just say that there is no place in here for tomatoes, cucumbers or fancy frisée lettuce.’
    • ‘Place the salad in a bowl and top with the tomatoes, feta and warm aubergine.’
    • ‘We added figs, asparagus, tomatoes, plums, walnuts, cheeses and a goodly amount more wine.’
    • ‘Divide the polenta between four plates, top with the grilled tomatoes and shake over a few drizzles of olive oil.’
    • ‘Carefully tip in the tomatoes, onion rings and garlic, then mix into the oil.’
    • ‘Toss the pasta with the tomato and serve, topped with pieces of the crisped pancetta.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The bright red colour of a ripe tomato.
      ‘she got into the tomato Mini and drove away’
      • ‘a tomato red sweatshirt’
      • ‘Unlike Chinese red, tomato red is not quite as bright, having more orange and white than does a true bright red.’
      • ‘Shana's face darkened from pale pink to tomato red in a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘My face turned an unattractive shade of tomato red, clashing with my hair.’
      • ‘The smile that had been on Leah's face faded, and her face went tomato red.’
      • ‘All I could do was hope they stopped talking about this as I turned tomato red.’
      • ‘Alex turned sharply to look in their direction and Denise turned tomato red.’
      • ‘Nicci turned a lovely shade of tomato red.’
      • ‘A flush of red crept up Kiri's neck, turning her already rosy pink face tomato red.’
      • ‘His thoughts catching up to him, his face turned a wonderful shade of tomato red.’
      • ‘Her breathing began to slow down, much to my relief, and her tomato red color began to ebb.’
      • ‘I didn't want anyone to see my tomato red face so I placed it firmly down on the cold hard surface.’
      • ‘She is plainly dressed in a tomato red T-shirt and beige trousers.’
  • 2The South American plant of the nightshade family that produces the tomato. It is widely grown as a cash crop and many varieties have been developed.

    Lycopersicon esculentum, family Solanaceae

    ‘They discussed some tips for planting summer crops like tomatoes and capsicums.’
    • ‘I personally think if you can only grow two plants it should be a pot of tomatoes and a pot of basil.’
    • ‘In the garden at the back my aunt grew tomatoes, greens and lettuces.’
    • ‘If you would like to grow your tomatoes from seed, firstly you need to source the variety you want to grow.’
    • ‘They also dug over an area of ground which will be used to grow herbs and tomatoes for the school kitchen.’
    • ‘In the last few years he still had onions and tomatoes growing in the flowerbeds he tended with care.’
    • ‘I hope he manages to derive some pleasure from growing tomatoes and radishes.’
    • ‘Until you've grown your own tomatoes, you cannot imagine what dangers exist out there.’
    • ‘Mr. Ferro has grown tomatoes for the whole town for more than 30 years, and he never had anyone to help him.’
    • ‘Plant your tomatoes in July so they are flowering when the temperature is rising.’
    • ‘Blossom-end rot occurs in tomatoes grown in fields or glasshouses as a horticultural crop.’
    • ‘Consider how conventional plant breeders would develop a disease-resistant tomato.’
    • ‘Sucrose synthase genes have also been isolated from sucrose- or hexose-storing plants such as tomato and sugar beet.’
    • ‘On tomatoes, pinch out all side shoots at leaf axils when they are about an inch long.’
    • ‘Grandad grew everything, but the plants that set me on the right track were sweet peas and tomatoes.’
    • ‘These include new varieties of cotton, potato, tobacco, tomato and clove.’


Early 17th century from French, Spanish, or Portuguese tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.