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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Some of the sandwiches had stuffing, others had stuffing and cranberry. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 Spoon the cranberry sauce into one of the squash halves, spreading it thinly in the cavity. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 Filled with cranberries, apple cider, and cinnamon, this side dish tastes just like fall. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf," 24 Sep. 2018 His office recently received confirmation that most cranberries would be removed from the list. Matt Viser,, "Cranberries spared from EU tariffs," 9 June 2018 The same style can be achieved with cranberries or frozen grapes as well. Carrie Nieman Culpepper, ELLE Decor, "Time-Saving Ideas For Your Easiest Holiday Ever," 30 Nov. 2015 Place two or three miniature vases with cranberries on the table to go along with your flowers. Fox News, "Cool Thanksgiving table decorations that won’t break the bank," 26 Nov. 2015 Make cranberry layer: In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, orange zest and juice, and ¼ cup water to a boil on medium-high. Reduce heat and simmer until berries start to burst, 8 to 10 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 29 Nov. 2018 Add cranberries, pear and cooled compote, and mix thoroughly. 5. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 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 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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