noun, often capitalized
ker·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce kerry (audio) , ˈke-rē \
plural kerries

Definition of kerry

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of an Irish breed of small hardy black dairy cattle


biographical name
Ker·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce Kerry (audio) \

Definition of Kerry (Entry 2 of 3)

John (Forbes) 1943–     American politician; U.S. Secretary of State (2013–17)


geographical name
Ker·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce Kerry (audio) \

Definition of Kerry (Entry 3 of 3)

county of southwestern Ireland bordering the Atlantic in Munster; capital Tralee area 1815 square miles (4719 square kilometers), population 145,502

Examples of kerry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Heart breaking. #Syria — kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 7, 2017 This tweet has not aged well. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Celebrities React to Trump's Syrian Missile Attack," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of kerry


1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kerry


County Kerry, Ireland

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“Kerry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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