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

Examples of lingonberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between chilly dips in the river’s plunge pool and sessions in the saunas, guests can make custom herbal tea or get a lingonberry facial at the spa. Michelle Tchea, Travel + Leisure, 20 Jan. 2024 Twigs of dead lingonberry and dryas shrubs drooped onto dirt the color of fresh asphalt. Alec Luhn, Scientific American, 19 Dec. 2023 My dirty martini, made with pickled plum juice and gin steeped with foraged lingonberries, warmed me right up. Betsy Andrews, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 The experiential dessert was a passion fruit-kimchi sorbet with a white chocolate custard served with parsnip chips dusted in lingonberry powder. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 21 Mar. 2023 Inside, the pancakes are served with lingonberries, strawberries or cherries, and are joined on the menu by other Nordic items including Swedish meatballs, pickled herring and pytt i panna. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2023 The bright red drink gets its color and flavor from real Finnish lingonberries livened up with gin and hints of citrusy orange peel. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2023 The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and Swedish desserts. Chicago Tribune, 7 Mar. 2023 In the morning, wake to a cup of complimentary hot lingonberry juice and a sauna session. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2023

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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 24 May. 2024.

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