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 Use electric fencing to protect chickens, other livestock, beehives, agricultural crops, and berry bushes. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2022 This new rosé from 2021, made with the indigenous gamza grape variety, is bright with berry flavors and floral aromas, a welcome thirst quencher for warmer weather. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Skin was soft and velvety with a quiet and almost haunting glow, while select lips were dark and gothic, painted in a rich shade of berry. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022 The notes of black berry fruit and rich texture will work as beautifully with dinner as the inevitable dessert. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Top the fools with raspberries or any other favorite fruit or berry. Katie Workman, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 Rounding out the collection are the Velvet Kohl Eyeliner, perfecting for lining mesmerizing eyes, and the kissable SatinAllure lipsticks in shades of berry, nude, and red. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 24 Mar. 2022 Any berry that grows on thorny canes or trailing vines, called brambles, is considered a brambleberry (raspberries and blackberries are two examples). Sunset Magazine, 14 Mar. 2022 Mild bread character mostly lead by rye spice with hints of soft berry. Coffee Milk Stout (5.5% ABV). oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 And Drevet would know: In June, The Frankie Shop released its Lui set in hues like tangerine and berry alongside minimalist black, white, and blue. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2021 Many Argentine Cabernet Sauvignons have leaner, berry flavors with firm, full-bodied tannins. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Now, berry orders from restaurants are picking up, and the market for strawberries is spectacular. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 5 May 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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