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

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Selecting a similar choice of berry red for your own look is super easy. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Wore Berry Red Lipstick," 8 Oct. 2018 The flavors, too, veer dark -- think dusty red berry, medicinal cherry and tea leaf. Esther Mobley,, "The rebranding of organic wine," 28 June 2018 Eventually, the bracts fall and the flowers develop into bright red berries. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 For Kurkdjian, the addition of berries also evoked a quintessential Britishness in the fragrance. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Cara Delevingne on Fragrance, the Fashion Industry, and What Makes London Such a Special City," 11 Oct. 2018 Six months after the blooms appear, clusters of seedy berries invite birds to fatten up for winter. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 On top of the berries and cream base layer is a rush of pungent flowers (tropical frangipani and ylang-ylang) and, finally, a sticky gloss of mango pulp. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Soli paints pictures that will stick in my head: a snowstorm that nearly kills, soldiers happening upon a patch of berries and eating themselves into bliss, Libbie planting trees in Dakota territory that bloom and wither. Sophie Haigney,, "‘The Removes,’ by Tatjana Soli," 21 June 2018 This big wine tastes of berries, damp earth, forest floor, cigar box, pine needles and bright acidity. Michael Austin,, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 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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