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

Fiber-rich fruits like berries and apples are also great options to include, as are leafy greens and vegetables that are easy to camouflage, like cauliflower and cucumbers. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Smoothie Without a Recipe," 2 Jan. 2019 The environment of Alaska's famed arctic tundra, including various grasses, berries and flowers, are reliant on permafrost. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Melting Permafrost Poses a Huge Danger to Artic Infrastructure," 11 Dec. 2018 Not to mention the berries are only about 70 calories a cup. 1. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things You Should Know About Açaí Berries, Nature's "Purple Gold"," 23 July 2018 Cook for 10-12 minutes until berries are very tender and mixture is thickened. Fox News, "Gail Simmons' Holiday Desserts," 10 Dec. 2010 Kate opted for a festive berry red Catherine Walker coat, while Meghan wore a stunning all-black/navy-blue outfit. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Stuns in Navy Outfit for Christmas Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 Holiday pickup hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All three locations of Jane Lockhart’s dessert shop are baking apple, blueberry, cherry, mixed berry, strawberry rhubarb and pecan pies. Sara Cagle, latimes.com, "Where to pick up pie for the Fourth of July," 27 June 2018 And the malbec is all gorgeous berry tamed by French oak. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 Use caution in areas like berry patches where bears occur. Cydney Henderson, azcentral, "Woman mauled by bear on 'dream job' walked miles with fractured skull to find help," 24 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

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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