cran·​ber·​ry | \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio) , -ˌbe-rē, -b(ə-)rē\

Definition of cranberry

1 : the red acid berry produced by some plants (such as Vaccinium oxycoccos and V. macrocarpon) of the heath family also : a plant producing these
2 : any of various plants with a fruit that resembles a cranberry
3 : a dark red

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For the Compote: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil, apples, brown sugar, cranberries, moonshine and salt., "Recipe: Baked Pork Chops with Cran-Apple Moonshine Compote," 5 June 2019 Pulse remaining cranberries in a food processor until finely chopped, 10 to 15 times; transfer to a bowl. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cranberry Crumb Bars," 30 Oct. 2018 Milwaukee is home to Harley, and Wisconsin is the largest cranberry producer in the world. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tariffs coming on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, cranberries and aluminum for boats," 20 June 2018 The agency would allow cranberry producers to add a footnote promoting the health benefits of their product. Alex Gailey,, "FDA retreats: Maple syrup may not need an ‘added sugars’ label, after all," 20 June 2018 Harleys are made in Wisconsin, the home state of Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House—which is also, as luck would have it, America’s top cranberry producer. The Economist, "A tariffically bad ideaThe looming global trade war," 8 Mar. 2018 Mint green, cranberry red, royal blue—each building is painted a different color or an eye-catching combination. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 Professional stylists and at-home DIY-ers have found new, creative, and flattering ways to interpret this rich, cool shade of red, whether it's mulled wine, red velvet, or cranberry. Allure, "15 Beautiful Burgundy Hair-Color Ideas That Feel Fresh and Modern," 16 May 2019 Chocolate-covered cranberries made downtown at Aunt Leah's Fudge greet visitors upon check in; complimentary priority bikes, airport shuttles, BMW car rental services, and daily wine and cheese tastings are among the distinguishing offerings. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of cranberry

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cranberry

partial translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry

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The first known use of cranberry was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of cranberry

: a small, dark red berry or the plant that produces it
: a dark red color


cran·​ber·​ry | \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio) \
plural cranberries

Kids Definition of cranberry

: a sour bright red berry that is eaten in sauces and jelly and is the fruit of an evergreen swamp plant related to the blueberries

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