berry

noun
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

berry

verb
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

Berry

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

The four-course menu will include lemon-ricotta squash blossoms, bay scallops with risotto, lamb loin with fregola and limoncello ice cream with almond cake and berries. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Get your wine on with these vino events in South Florida," 29 Aug. 2019 Here are some options: Greek yogurt with nuts and/or berriesChocolate milk Tuna pouch with pita bread or crackers To grab and go Sometimes, convenience really is king. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here's What a Healthy Snack Actually Looks Like," 26 Aug. 2019 Priyanka Chopra stunned with a turquoise flick of liner, berry-stained pout, and middle-parted bouffant to tie everything together. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Priyanka Chopra, SZA, and More," 11 Aug. 2019 And dessert: wild berries drizzled in a homemade caramel sauce. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019 While berry picking with organizers for Joe Biden in Coos County, Danielle Gilbert talked about 2016. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "In New Hampshire, 2020 Democrats battle for every voter they can find," 9 Aug. 2019 The cereal is berry flavored loops with marshmallows. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "'Baby Shark' Cereal to Be Launched by Kellogg's," 27 July 2019 Commonly known as Honeyberry, this deciduous shrub’s elongated dark blue berries contain considerably more antioxidants and three times the vitamin C than found in blueberries. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Heavenly honeysuckle has 180 species, and one will be right for you," 26 July 2019 The collection also includes several shades of Iconic Lips Signature Semi-Matte Lipstick: Timeless (a rosy red), Legendary (a hot pink), Inspire (a deep berry), and Classic (a nude pink). Marci Robin, Allure, "Pür Is Launching a Huge Barbie Makeup Collection — and Yes, Everything Is Pink," 26 July 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

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for berry

Noun

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

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berry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of berry

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

berry

noun
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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