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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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 The goods targeted include typical American exports such as bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries, and orange juice, in a way that seems designed to create the most political pressure on Trump and US politicians. Erica Werner,, "Republicans, Trump official square off in heated hearing over tariffs," 21 June 2018 Add apples and cranberries and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Northwest Fruit Stuffing," 23 Oct. 2018 Hula’s Modern Tiki The blood-orange martini ($8) melds together vodka, X-Rated blood-orange liqueur and orange juice with splashes of cranberry and lime juices. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "12 places to celebrate National Martini Day in Phoenix," 19 June 2018 How to eat them Cook cranberries and oranges or other citrus fruits on a stove top to make a jam. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018 The Belmont Breeze used to be the event's official drink, a cocktail that included bourbon, sherry, orange, cranberry and mint. Nihal Kolur,, "What is the Official Drink of the Belmont Stakes?," 25 May 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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