\ˈper \

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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From Old Mission Peninsula, this wine delivers peach and pear with a balancing nuttiness, luxuriously soft mouthfeel and a clean finish. $22 2016 Mari Vineyards Dry Riesling. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 The result is deliciously individual — brisk with quenching flavors of lemon, pear, and cucumber. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Carpineto 'Dogajolo' Toscana Bianco," 8 May 2018 The new Alchemy collection focuses on four cuts—emerald, marquise, pear, and round—and how each speaks to and of a specific personality. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "When Jewelry Means Family," 9 Apr. 2018 This Kölsch-style ale from Inglewood’s Three Weav3rs has a golden hue, shortbread-like malts, a dash of lemon, hints of pear and a peppery edge. Peter Rowe,, "In historic first, San Diego's SouthNorte partners with Tijuana brewery," 21 June 2018 Their father had gotten them out of the truck, which was carrying a load of pears. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "These Boise brothers ran back to help the injured in freeway crash that killed 4," 18 June 2018 Its taste of pear matched Welch’s Mediterreanean-skewing food. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Fun, informal pop-up Good Fortune opening permanent location," 18 Oct. 2017 Spread the mascarpone over the pear, and top with the walnut pieces. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Recreating “Lo Spritz,” the Venetian Happy Hour," 30 Mar. 2018 This is a simple but enjoyable white with pear and citrus flavors. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canned wine? Really? Sales are growing for portable, chillable and down-to-earth drinks," 24 May 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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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


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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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