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

Definition of berry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


berried; berrying

Definition of berry (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

Examples of berry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a bit of wood chips as well, along the lines of that familiar woody craft whiskey sensation, but there are big berry and apples notes that greet you. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 23 July 2022 Blueberry Mountain is crowned with unique stands of red pines and, no surprise, ample berry bushes. Outside Online, 13 July 2022 This Islay Barley release is more fruit forward and goes more towards the tropical end of the fruit spectrum than berry fruit. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 28 June 2022 This powder formula comes in two hues: Swirled, a dusty rose, and Toffee Cake, a rich berry (pictured). Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 29 June 2022 Does all that energy, sustained in part by vegan protein-and-berry smoothies and a regimen of cycling, leave room for a private life? New York Times, 29 June 2022 Available in a range of scents inspired by nature, Bravo Sierra deodorant utilizes aromatic botanicals including juniper berry, cedarwood, tangerine, and Tonka bean. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Mar. 2022 Deep, dense and richly textured, the palate brims with red berry, more herbs and toasted spice. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2022 Its caramelly richness makes warm, deep flavors—coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, brown butter, and cinnamon—cozier and bright flavors—like citrus, hibiscus, rosemary, and berry—sharper and more pronounced. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 4 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In our tests, this model tackled both green and berry smoothies with ease with very little residual seeds and super smooth results. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 This is on the weightier side of Willamette pinot, with the dark cherry and berry flavors of marine-sediment soils dominating. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Both of these options are salty and pungent which pair best with wines that have berry notes, like a medium-bodied pinot noir. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 This cream blush, housed in a handy refillable compact, leaves a plush, dewy tint on cheeks and lips in hues from pink to peach and berry. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 The Rare Beauty liquid blush comes in 11 shades in both matte and radiant finishes, ranging from hot pink to berry and beyond in names like Lucky and Faith. Lauren Dana, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2022 At first whiff, earth clings to cherry and berry fruit, echoed in savory forest notes, a touch of bay laurel, and hints of black tea. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2022 Infused with beautifully hydrating cupuacu, sunflower and jojoba oils, this weightless formula delivers a luscious, full-lip look in 5 shades that range from nude to blush to berry in a natural vanilla scent. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 This summer, berry pickers in Santa Maria, organized by indigenous farmworkers’ organization MICOP, successfully staged a walk out. Piper French, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of berry


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


circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for berry


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

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More Definitions for berry


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)

Berry geographical name

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

Definition of Berry

former province of central France; capital Bourges

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