cran·​ber·​ry ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio)
: the red acid berry produced by some plants (such as Vaccinium oxycoccos and V. macrocarpon) of the heath family
also : a plant producing these
: any of various plants with a fruit that resembles a cranberry
: a dark red

Examples of cranberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cranberries will pop and burst, and the sauce will thicken and glisten. Aleksandra Crapanzano / Photographs By F. Martin Ramin/the Wall Street Journal, Food Styling By Kim Ramin , WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 This list contains a few quintessential pumpkin pie options, but also a slice that is gluten-free, one mixed with cranberry and another that is a pumpkin-pecan duo. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 The bright tart cranberry is tempered by dark fudge in this absolutely decadent holiday pie. Torie Cox, Country Living, 8 Sep. 2023 Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped open, the raspberries have fallen apart and the liquid is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 10 to 12 minutes. Sean Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 28 of 36 Cranberry Noel Cookies Shredded coconut and dried cranberries make this cookie recipe a no-brainer come December. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Other delicious fall flavors to opt for include pumpkin, cranberry, ginger, maple, cinnamon, chai, and even sage, hazelnut, and liquid smoke. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 Add a cranberry to the center of each flower and finish with a simple red cording bow. 25 of 56 Greenery Wreath Make your own Christmas wreath using greenery. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 When using frozen cranberries for fluff, this can be a benefit. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cranberry was in 1647

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“Cranberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


cran·​ber·​ry ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio)
: the bright red sour berry of any of several trailing plants related to the blueberry
also : a plant producing these

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