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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

Examples of pear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make a mound of the pear mixture to the middle of the dough, leaving at least 1 ½ inches on the edges. Alex Darus, cleveland, "7 fall dessert recipes that don’t use pumpkin," 1 Oct. 2020 Who can’t recall at least a few of the strange and downright silly-sounding gifts mentioned (repeatedly) in the lyrics, which range from a partridge in a pear tree all the way up to 12 drummers drumming? Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's What to Know About the '12 Days of Christmas' Meaning," 28 Sep. 2020 Willie's Superbrew, a regional craft seltzer, claims to be the first brand to have put out a seasonal seltzer in its pear and cinnamon flavor. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Americans are still obsessed with hard seltzer. What's the appeal and what's coming next?," 4 Sep. 2020 But apple cells are loosely packed around big gas voids, while the slightly smaller pear cells are tightly packed, with only narrow, ribbonlike gas channels running around them. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Why Do We Bob for Apples, Not for Pears?," 8 Oct. 2020 Cook until apples and pear begin to lightly caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Sautéed Apples, Pear & Cranberries," 5 Oct. 2020 The immigrants here today work in pear orchards, vineyards, restaurants, cleaning services and at major regional employers like Harry & David, a retailer famed for its fruit baskets. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "An American Dream, Scorched in Oregon," 29 Sep. 2020 Aoki’s is an earthier take, with pear and amber as its central scents. Akili King, Vogue, "Kimora Lee Simmons and Her Daughters Chat Baby Phat, DIY Hair Care, and Their Biggest Beauty Lessons," 25 Sep. 2020 Backyard has persimmon, plum, apple, cherrie, pear and other mature fruit trees. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes with 4 bedrooms for sale under $400,000," 19 Sep. 2020

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

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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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