cran·​ber·​ry | \ˈkran-ˌber-ē, -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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Most importantly: Who on earth would eat a raw cranberry?! Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Gavin Leatherwood Bastes a Turkey in Netflix's Thanksgiving Spot," 21 Nov. 2018 The cranberries surprisingly found their own space in each bite, as well, and the coconut crunch was a nice way to add texture to the whole thing. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 However, both doctors reason that given it’s totally harmless, upping your cranberry intake in the name of a UTI-free existence can’t hurt. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "This Is Why You Keep Getting UTIs After Sex," 13 Aug. 2018 Sip $3 Grey Goose Vodka and cranberry cocktails at restaurants in July. Doreen Christensen,, "New $3 Grey Goose and Cranberry cocktail at Applebee's," 2 July 2018 Top with a handful of cranberries and garnish with a slice of lime. Laura Edwards, Country Living, "Cranberry Moscow Mule," 31 Oct. 2016 Which, according to her Instagram Story, has been an ongoing project for the past day—roasted turkey and fresh cranberries and sweet potato pies. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Your Baking Idol Chrissy Teigen Already Had Her First Thanksgiving Fail," 22 Nov. 2018 Add preserves, 1/2 cup whole cranberries, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar; stir to combine. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cranberry Crumb Bars," 30 Oct. 2018 So is the newest addition to the case, kale with cranberries and walnuts. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Upon retiring, the story of the couple behind the Tenderloin’s most-loved deli," 28 June 2018

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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 \
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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