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 Serve in big hunks or torn pieces with cranberry jam or maple syrup (or both). Star Tribune, "Breakfast bread pudding is naughty and nice," 23 Dec. 2020 The holiday turkey dinner poutine meal is $10.99 includes friends, cheese curds, turkey, turkey gravy, stuffing and cranberry drizzle. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "50-plus D-FW restaurants and grocers offering holiday takeout meals," 14 Dec. 2020 Outside of her cranberry nut pretzel bark, pretzels play a big role in Rachel’s seasonal kitchen—including being munched on by kids and adults alike as dinner is prepared. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "3 Ways To Stay Connected During the Holidays, According this Home Expert," 9 Dec. 2020 Sip Wine Bar in Tinley Park, including a cranberry wine, a chardonnay and a red blend. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Community news: Food drives, fundraisers, blankets for burgers and more," 27 Nov. 2020 On the edges of the bogs, cranberry plants thrived. John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe, National Geographic, "Climate change is coming for New England's cranberries," 25 Nov. 2020 Holiday sapors, including cranberry mulling spices and vanilla, shape this 4.6 percent ABV (or alcohol by volume) brew. Matt Wake |, al, "Top Huntsville arts/entertainment picks for the week," 23 Nov. 2020 But the standbys reign, succulent sandwiches like the Baltimore Wrap (honey ham, turkey, Asiago cheese, lettuce, tomato and Old Bay mayonnaise) and the cranberry chicken salad. Mike Klingaman,, "Savona deli in Bel Air takes pride in food and being part of community for 15 years," 21 Nov. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cranberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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