: 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
: a tree bearing pears

Examples of pear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sample items: pear and gorgonzola flatbread ($17), burgers (angus or garden patty) on brioche buns, a roasted butternut squash panini ($17) and coq au vin ($29). Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 The baby gets a smattering of fresh fruits including yellow plums ($7.98 for four), raspberries ($8.99 for a double carton), and pears ($2.30 for three). Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 4 Apr. 2024 Think Asian pear, crisp guava and floral jasmine flavors. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 The state's ban on the Callery pear tree went into effect in February. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 The Callery pear, or Bradford pear, is one of those vampires. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2024 Their signature motif, going simply by area, is a pointillist carpet of colors, which may signal a cluster of pear trees or a watery reflection à la Monet. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 The difference with French is that the Dublin Murder Squad novels bend and train themselves around each detective’s quirks—Cassie’s hungry confusion, Rob’s baggy vulnerability, Mackey’s slick bravado—like a pear tree espaliered against a sturdy garden wall. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 Always water for the same number of minutes, but gradually water more often into spring, and then summer. Apply organic fruit tree fertilizer to stone fruit, apple and pear trees. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of pear was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈpa(ə)r How to pronounce pear (audio)
: a fruit that is commonly larger at the end opposite the stem and typically has a pale green or brownish skin and juicy flesh
also : a tree that bears pears and is related to the apple

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