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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This agiorgitiko offers ripe red fruit aromas and a cherry-cranberry palate with appetizing grip. Ellen Bhang,, "Set the table with these distinctive Greek wines," 2 July 2018 Even a tame-sounding vodka with cranberry juice can have close to 200 calories. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What you need to know about summer weight gain (and how to avoid it)," 9 June 2018 The heaviest producer that year was Vermont cranberry: two 17-foot rows yielded 2 pounds, 14 ounces, of beans. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Like beans? Here’s a rundown on how to grow them | Idaho Statesman," 14 Mar. 2018 Folk Machine 2017 Film and Camera Valdiguié (Redwood Valley, California; $23): Tangy cranberry floods this old-vine Mendocino red. Maggie Hoffman, Sunset, "8 Chilled Red Wines Perfect for Summer Sipping," 22 Jan. 2018 Most of Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs will be imposed on U.S. agricultural exports, such as apples, cranberries and various cheeses. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 One that’s created with ingredients grown, made, or harvested in New England (think local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes, and even oysters). Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 Add apple and cranberries, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Apple and Cranberry Hand Pies," 13 Sep. 2017 His parents, immigrants from the Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, worked in cranberry bogs, as did young George. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "George Leighton, Seventh-Grade Dropout, Went to Harvard and Became a Judge," 15 June 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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