cranberry

noun cran·ber·ry \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē , -ˌbe-rē , -b(ə-)rē \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of cranberry

partial translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry


CRANBERRY Defined for English Language Learners

cranberry

noun

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

cranberry

noun cran·ber·ry \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē \

Definition of cranberry for Students

plural cranberries
: 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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