berry

noun
ber·​ry | \ ˈber-ē How to pronounce berry (audio) , ˈbe-rē\
plural berries

Definition of berry

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a pulpy and usually edible fruit (such as a strawberry, raspberry, or checkerberry) of small size irrespective of its structure
b : a simple fruit (such as a grape, blueberry, tomato, or cucumber) with a pulpy or fleshy pericarp
c : the dry seed of some plants (such as wheat)
2 : an egg of a fish or lobster

berry

verb
berried; berrying

Definition of berry (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to bear or produce berries a berrying shrub
2 : to gather or seek berries

Berry

geographical name
Ber·​ry | \ be-ˈrē How to pronounce Berry (audio) \

Definition of Berry (Entry 3 of 3)

former province of central France; capital Bourges

Examples of berry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bring a camera or other device for snapping pictures, as this is a rare opportunity to catch the floating berries in the autumn landscape. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These festivals, ongoing exhibits and community activities offer months of entertainment," 14 Sep. 2019 Wild American Elderberry: Native Americans used all parts of the plant, not just the purple-black berries. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019 That’s when the Devil is supposed to put his foot on the berries. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Raglan Road’s 8th Annual Great Irish Hooley rolls into Disney Springs for Labor Day Weekend," 26 Aug. 2019 Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes, or until the berries soften and are nearly bursting. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Give your barbecue sauce a summer upgrade with addition of fresh blueberries," 22 July 2019 The experiments confirmed for the first time that the chicha at Cerro Baúl was made from corn and molle, the locally abundant Peruvian pepper berry. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "'Beer diplomacy' practiced in ancient empire’s dying days, artifacts reveal," 18 Apr. 2019 The berries would then be used to create an elixir that was believed to cure all poisons and make any person or animal fertile. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "Here's How Kissing Under the Mistletoe Became a Christmas Tradition," 29 Nov. 2018 The red and pink berries covered the entire surface of the water. Christine Yu, SELF, "Wading in a Cranberry Bog Was the Therapeutic Experience I Didn’t Know I Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 While the Highbinder initially seems rough around the edges, its acidity fades and the berry notes sweeten as the beer warms. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "OktoberWest: Where San Diego celebrates this beer-soaked tradition," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hogback tickets, the currency at the Colorado BBQ Challenge, can be purchased at booths across the festival and are good for everything from beer (man, hitting straight for dad’s heart with this gift) to BBQ to berry kabobs. Erica Boniface, The Know, "10 cool places to take dad in Colorado this Father’s Day," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of berry

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for berry

Noun

Middle English berye, from Old English berie; akin to Old High German beri berry

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berry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of berry

: a small fruit (such as a strawberry, blueberry, or raspberry) that has many small seeds

berry

noun
ber·​ry | \ ˈber-ē How to pronounce berry (audio) \
plural berries

Kids Definition of berry

1 : a small juicy and usually edible fruit (as a strawberry)
2 : a fruit (as a grape or tomato) in which the ripened ovary wall is fleshy
3 : a dry seed (as of the coffee plant)

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