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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like this energizing body wash from Jack Black, which contains invigorating scents like rosemary, eucalyptus, and juniper berry. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 products that will help you wake up in the morning," 1 Nov. 2019 There is, again, a fair amount of heat here thanks to those rye barrels, resulting in a punch of boozy-berry-chocolate. Josh Noel,, "Purple ‘blonde’ beer? Cruz Blanca renews playful approach to barrel-aged series, to be released Saturday," 1 Nov. 2019 The brand creates tons of unique flavors like ginger peach cobbler and forest berry shortcake, along with classic favorites like peppermint, earl gray, and matcha green tea. Christina Butan,, "Chrissy Teigen ‘Can’t Stop Telling Everyone’ About These Cute, Dissolvable Tea Drops That Are Best-Sellers on Amazon," 23 Oct. 2019 Choices included wild berry granola, Bircher muesli, fruit salad and an apple Danish, as well as egg with smoky bacon, poached eggs and ancient grains, or an egg white omelet with balsamic herb tomatoes, kale and portobello mushrooms. Los Angeles Times, "How many meals were served on that 19-hour flight? Fewer than you’d think," 23 Oct. 2019 In recent years, plant breeders have discovered the beauty berry species, and the race is now on. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Mirror, mirror on the wall. What's the fairest plant of all? Beautyberry, duh," 18 Oct. 2019 Made up of mostly pinks and berry shades, the six skus are predominantly sets and kits that are ready to be wrapped up in pretty paper — and as with any proper Kylie Cosmetics collection, there's a covetable eye shadow palette. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Cosmetics Just Dropped an Exclusive Holiday Collection at Ulta," 13 Oct. 2019 There’s a mini funnel cake with vanilla ice cream and mixed-berry sangria compote for $8.50. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney dining: What would it cost to buy one of everything at Epcot’s food & wine fest?," 10 Oct. 2019 According to cave officials, visitors frequently added their names to the six miles of walls using candle smoke, pencil, paint, or berry juice. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "After Decades of Searching, Mark Twain’s Signature Found in Missouri Cave," 27 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


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

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How to pronounce Berry (audio)

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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