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
Recent Examples of cranberry from the Web
In a pitcher, combine the rosé, cranberry juice, lime juice and agave.
The flavors were both sweet and tart, more cranberry than raspberry and fresh.
Saffron Fields Vineyard 2014 Heritage Clones pinot noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $50: A classic Oregon pinot noir, thanks to aromas of cranberry, raspberry and potting soil.
But with its higher ingredient count, the structure ends up looking much more complicated than, say, the cranberry.
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Origin and Etymology of cranberry
partial translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry
First Known Use: 1647
CRANBERRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cranberry for English Language Learners
: a small, dark red berry or the plant that produces it
: a dark red color
CRANBERRY Defined for Kids
Definition of cranberry for Students
: 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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