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


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


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

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Gina Rodriguez had a big health scare thanks to a teeny-tiny berry this week. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Gina Rodriguez, Who Is ‘Deathly Allergic’ to Blueberries, Accidentally Ate a Blueberry," 26 Sep. 2018 Initially, Storey buffed the Beach Lip & Cheek Stick in Ibiza (a bronze) onto the apples of Ellis Ross' cheeks followed by the same stick in Formentera (a berry). Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tracee Ellis Ross Matched Her Lipstick to Her Fuchsia Dress for the Emmy Awards 2018," 17 Sep. 2018 To make this recipe, pick or pack in about 2.5 cups of your favorite berries. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "5 Legit Breakfast Recipes for Camp," 21 June 2018 New York is the second largest producer of Concord grapes—a candy-sweet, purple-bluish berry that is used for juices, jams and Manischewitz wine. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "N.Y. Grape Growers, Squeezed by Low Demand, Look Beyond Juice," 30 Apr. 2018 According to Stafford-Bridge, Kiernan typically wears deep browns and berries on her pout, with her favorite pick being Christian Louboutin’s Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Very Prive. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Kiernan Shipka's Makeup Look on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"," 6 Apr. 2019 Despite the palette's name, there's no true cherry-red shade, but there are plenty of wine and berry shades to play with. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 Otherwise, consumers might not buy them because the tart, acidic berry in its natural form is unpalatable to most people. Alex Gailey,, "A battle is happening over whether natural maple syrup has added sugar," 14 June 2018 The abundant berries, insects, and wetlands in the refuge attract around 400 regular bird residents. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "Congress is quietly letting Trump bulldoze a butterfly refuge to build a border wall," 28 Mar. 2018

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


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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berry alder

berry basket

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English Language Learners Definition of berry

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


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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