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

Examples of cranberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s the Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned; the bubbly Gigabit with Prosecco, rum and cranberry juice; and the Moffett Mule, made with Hangar One vodka (of course). Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Fairchilds, a new restaurant with an iconic Silicon Valley name," 26 Aug. 2019 Primavera Ristorante puts an Italian spin on the holiday with its Italian Breeze, a mix of rum, Amaretto, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Carolina Gusman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Little Italy bids arrivederci Ferragosto, its biggest and final bash," 15 Aug. 2019 The spirits company had two cocktails for sale at the festival: a gin Martini and the Redmont Summer Breeze -- a vodka cocktail made with pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Charles Barkley listed as an owner of Redmont Distilling; new facility set to open in Avondale," 1 Aug. 2019 Add lemon juice, cranberry juice and water into the cocktail shaker, cover and shake to mix well. Kelly Nohl, Rdn, Detroit Free Press, "3 easy summer mocktail recipes," 24 June 2019 All four flavors — cranberry, grapefruit, lime and blackberry — were flavorful and refreshing, with a gentle carbonation. Esther Mobley,, "We found a hard seltzer that actually tastes good," 5 Sep. 2019 In an Instant Pot, combine cranberries, apricots, orange zest and juice, sugars, and thyme Cover and lock the lid. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Orange-Apricot Cranberry Sauce," 28 Aug. 2019 This delicious cranberry and pumpkin version packs extra-savory flavor. Redbook, "What to Serve at Your Royal Wedding Party," 26 Apr. 2011 The cranberries and candied almonds also both contain added sugar. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "5 Trader Joe's New Products to Try This Fall," 17 Sep. 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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