berry

1 of 2

noun

ber·​ry ˈber-ē How to pronounce berry (audio)
ˈbe-rē
plural berries
1
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

berried; berrying

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 are artificial berries and pine cones to liven up the display, too. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 Create a winter berry and brown-hued look with the Urban Decay Naked Mini Eyeshadow Palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip color, both on sale for 50 percent off. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 At this point, the berries should begin to break down. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 While the paloma is certainly a fan-favorite, the brand also carries a berry and orange spritz that are just as delicious. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Privet, nandina, Bradford pear, porcelain berry and Asian bittersweet are all invasive berried plants that have spread courtesy of bird dispersal. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 The set of six artfully blends the timeless charm of pumpkin orange with the rich autumn tones of maple leaves and berries. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 Gentle Fluidity Gold is another vanilla-forward fragrance with notes of nutmeg and juniper berries that is carried on an amber wood base note. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 While some the most viral pieces are either sold out or only available in Canada (naturally), these gifts are just as covetable for the tomato, pasta, berry, or charcuterie girl in your life. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 7 Nov. 2023
Verb
Cook berries: Cook blackberries and sugar in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 July 2023 Hailey Bieber takes her lip products berry seriously. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 Cook berries: Start by boiling blackberries, sugar, and water in a medium pot until thickened. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 30 July 2023 Turn berry baskets into bins: Hung on adhesive plastic hooks, farmers' market produce baskets organize supplies and free up counter space. 2. Laurren Welch, Country Living, 17 Apr. 2023 From spiked hot chocolate to berry rhubarb punch, there are plenty of visually appealing (and delicious) cocktails for your occasion. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 For dessert: lemon tart with cornmeal crust and blueberry compote ($5) and berry crisp with spiced ice cream ($6). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2021 The second new release in the Hearted IPA Variety Pack is Big Hearted IPA, an imperial IPA featuring citrus and berry hop aromas with slight bitterness. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2022 Case in point: This white-and-brown pip berry wreath from Amazon. Rachel Simon, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of berry was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Berry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berry. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

berry

1 of 2 noun
ber·​ry ˈber-ē How to pronounce berry (audio)
plural berries
1
: a small pulpy and usually edible fruit (as a strawberry or raspberry)
2
: a fruit (as a grape, blueberry, tomato, or cucumber) that develops from a single ovary and has the wall of the ripened ovary pulpy
3
: the dry seed of some plants (as coffee)
berrylike
-ē-ˌlīk
adjective

berry

2 of 2 verb
berried; berrying
1
: to bear or produce berries
2
: to gather or look for berries
go berrying

Geographical Definition

Berry

geographical name

Ber·​ry be-ˈrē How to pronounce Berry (audio)
former province of central France; capital Bourges

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