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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 Grapevines, apple trees and pear trees can live for decades, even centuries. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Why has protective gear been so hard to get?," 22 May 2020 Chehalem Chehalem Winery, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon; 2018, $20 Notes of apple, pear, lemon and white flowers come together. Marc Bona, cleveland, "9 wines to sip while still at home in May (photos)," 3 May 2020 The pear tree, which sits near the memorial, was found at Ground Zero and brought back to life. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "How the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is keeping the message of hope alive during the coronavirus pandemic," 3 May 2020 Schalets are often filled with apple or pear and make a warming side dish or dessert. Los Angeles Times, "The best Rosh Hashanah recipes from the author of ‘The Jewish Cookbook’," 28 Sep. 2019 Our Chunky Applesauce can be converted into a pear sauce. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Creative Ways to Use Up Produce That Go Beyond Salads," 1 Apr. 2020 Coffee options are available with soy, almond or coconut milk and pair with a variety of vegan baked goods including pear almond scones, espresso walnut brownies and dark chocolate mocha cupcakes. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 metro Phoenix restaurants with vegan and vegetarian food and coffee for takeout," 1 Apr. 2020 At San Francisco’s tiny eight-seat fine-dining restaurant Merchant Roots, Rahanna helped chef-owner Ryan Shelton char pearl onion petals, poach pears and even explain dishes to diners. Janelle Bitker,, "Meet Oakland’s 16-year-old chef prodigy Rahanna Bisseret Martinez," 20 Mar. 2020 My sampler included the spicy Little Hottie with chicken and corn pico de gallo, the Española with Spanish chorizo and piquillo peppers, the Nutty Chicken with basil pesto and pine nuts and Grant’s Pear with Gorgonzola and caramelized pears. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Fralo’s pizza restaurant in Leon Springs is tossing the most expensive pies of the series so far," 13 Mar. 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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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