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

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The latter has tasting notes of guava, berries, white grape, tropical fruit and cannabis. The Know Staff, The Know, "12 under-the-radar breweries that you should be drinking at this summer," 3 July 2019 New Zealand has a lot of old, dense native bush, and its ferns, vines, palms, fungi, berries, fruit, and seeds became important foods. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Explores New Zealand’s Rugged South," 2 July 2019 Apricot in color, with a persistent but thin head, this triple IPA weaves together berry, peach and vanilla flavors over a firm malt base. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "On Independence Day, local award-winners celebrate the freedom to homebrew," 1 July 2019 Açaí berries, rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, are either pureed or blended with coconut or almond milk to form the base. Joey Morona,, "Vitality Bowls brings açaí bowl craze to Rocky River," 28 June 2019 The machine’s flavors include berry, lime and blood orange. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Want to Sell You Bottled Water Without the Bottle," 21 June 2019 Fruits: Only a small amount of fruit is allowed; mostly berries, because of their lower carb content. Molly Kimball,, "The do’s and don’ts of the high-fat, low-carb keto diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 11 June 2019 The clear plastic clamshell containers that hold salad greens and berries, a recent addition to Anchorage curbside recycling bins, are now banned again — a casualty of drastic changes in global recycling markets in recent years. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How a decision by the Chinese government reverberates into your Anchorage recycling bin," 6 June 2019 But the roasted berries, so much heavier than the liquidy batter, sank into the middle of the cake. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Bet You Can’t Eat Just One Slice of This Strawberry Snacking Cake," 5 June 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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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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