ber·ry | \ˈber-ē, 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 \

Definition of Berry (Entry 3 of 3)

former province of central France; capital Bourges

Examples of berry in a Sentence

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Trump stood out standing next to British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a berry-red sleeveless sheath gown plus red pumps a bit higher than her usual kitten heels. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 Tom Frederick, co-owner of Capay Valley Vineyard in Brooks, said the grapes are little hard berries right now that haven't fully developed, and their skins are very tough, which is helpful given the circumstances. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "As 'menacing' County Fire burns, Capay Valley farmers brace for smoke — and uncertainty," 3 July 2018 How are the cherry and berry crops faring in your orchard this year? Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018 The cake is lovely on its own; the chef recommends serving it with lightly sweetened whipped cream and macerated fruit, such as berries mixed with lemon juice and sugar. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of," 18 June 2018 For dessert, Dad can practice his Italian by ordering the semifreddo di cioccolato with malvasia berries or zeppole di San Giuseppe. Anna Muckerman,, "Father's Day dining specials on the menu in the Baltimore area," 11 June 2018 On the sweet side of the menu, diners also can try a flight of French toast — caramel-crunch, cinnamon-sugar cream-filled, and berry-stuffed. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brunch restaurant Zisters in Elm Grove sets its opening for June 7," 29 May 2018 And while strawberries are often the fruit of choice for chocolate dipping, this recipe with fresh grapes (also a berry), offers health benefits along with a juicy crunch. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 desserts you won't believe are actually healthy," 8 Mar. 2018 Let talented East Bay bartenders perk up your palate with innovative drinks showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the Jack London Square Farmers Market., "Party Under the Palms: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market," 10 July 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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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 \
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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