gooseberry

noun goose·ber·ry \ ˈgüs-ˌber-ē , ˈgüz- , -b(ə-)rē , chiefly British ˈgu̇z- \
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of gooseberry

1 a : the acid usually prickly fruit of any of several shrubs (genus Ribes, especially R. hirtellum of the U.S. and R. uva-crispa of Europe) grouped especially formerly in the saxifrage family but now often placed in a separate family (Grossulariaceae, the gooseberry family)
b : a shrub bearing gooseberries
2 : currant 2

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First Known Use of gooseberry

1573

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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GOOSEBERRY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gooseberry for English Language Learners

  • : a small green berry that has a sour taste

  • : an extra person who is present when two other people (such as lovers) want to be alone together


GOOSEBERRY Defined for Kids

gooseberry

noun goose·ber·ry \ ˈgüs-ˌber-ē , ˈgüz- \

Definition of gooseberry for Students

plural gooseberries
: the sour berry of a thorny bush related to the currant


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