pear

noun
\ ˈper How to pronounce pear (audio) \

Definition of pear

1 : a pome fruit of a tree (genus Pyrus, especially P. communis) of the rose family that typically has a pale green or brownish skin, a firm juicy flesh, and an oblong shape in which a broad base end tapers upward to a narrow stem end
2 : a tree bearing pears

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Meghan's Bouquet Meghan carried a modest collection of forget-me-nots, sweet pears, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and a spring of myrtle. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 With primary flavors of lemon, pear, nectarine and green apple, Pinot Grigio has a refreshing minerality and acidic finish. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 This traditional method sparkler offers notes of bread crust, pear, anise, tangy citrus and a clean finish with 11.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 The pear trees almost look like outdoor sculptures. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Jeannette Whitson on Creating a New House With Timeless Appeal," 15 May 2013 This is a fresh, well-balanced, medium-bodied, dry white with notes of pear and lime and a firm mineral edge. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wines We’ll Be Drinking in 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 Add 2 stalks celery, 1 Bartlett pear, 1 bulb fennel, and 1 scallion (all thinly sliced) and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 The puree freezes well and makes an excellent cookie filling, sauce for ice cream or poached pears, or spread for toast. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 China also bought about $50 million worth of apples and $1.5 million worth of pears from Washington last year, Woods said. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Washington state apple, cherry industries wary of trade war," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pear

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pear

Middle English pere, from Old English peru, from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, plural of pirum

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pear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pear

: a sweet fruit that is narrow near the stem and rounded at the other end and that grows on a tree also : the tree that this fruit grows on

pear

noun
\ ˈper How to pronounce pear (audio) \

Kids Definition of pear

: a fruit with pale green or brownish skin and white sweet juicy flesh that is usually larger at the end opposite the stem

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