ling·​on·​ber·​ry ˈliŋ-ən-ˌber-ē How to pronounce lingonberry (audio)
: a low-growing, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) of cooler, northern regions of North America and Europe that has leathery, oval leaves, white or light pink, bell-shaped, nodding flowers and red berries and is related to the blueberry and cranberry
also : the fruit of the lingonberry that resembles a cranberry in size and tart flavor and may be eaten raw but is often used in jams, syrups, baked goods, ice cream, juices, and wine and is sometimes pickled see mountain cranberry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or the Lingonberry Margarita with Camarena reposado tequila, Triple Sec, house lingonberry syrup, and fresh lime juice. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2020 Over the next hour, Steffen made us chai lattes and passed out lingonberry marshmallows to roast over the fire. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Feb. 2020 Swedish meatballs are nestled with quick-pickled cucumbers, lingonberries, and a luscious potato purée. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2020 Crepes were great - light with lingonberry jam, a nice balance of sweet and tart. Marc Bona, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2020 With such humble chambers, the polished, multicourse dinner that awaited was a delicious surprise: venison laced with lingonberry jam, roast deer with pine nuts and apples and potato gnocchi stuffed with ricotta and figs. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2019 Southwards, the coast yields to low stands of dwarf birch and willow, sphagnum bogs of arctic cotton grass, pitcher plants, blueberries, lingonberries, and cloudberries. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2019 At Ling & Louie’s from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., a special dinner ($18) features lemongrass-crusted turkey, wok vegetables, cornbread stuffing, lingonberry sauce and gingerbread cake with pumpkin gelato. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 15 Nov. 2019 The hearty food menu doesn’t stray far from the Nordics, either, with dishes like smoked duck sausage with lingonberry mustard. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Swedish lingon lingonberry; akin to Old Norse lyng ling

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lingonberry was in 1920

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“Lingonberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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