per·ry | \ ˈper-ē \

Definition of perry 

(Entry 1 of 4)

chiefly British : fermented pear juice often made sparkling


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Per·ry | \ ˈper-ē \

Definition of Perry (Entry 2 of 4)

Bliss 1860–1954 American educator and critic


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Definition of Perry (Entry 3 of 4)

Matthew Calbraith 1794–1858 American commodore


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Definition of Perry (Entry 4 of 4)

Oliver Hazard 1785–1819 brother of Matthew Perry American naval officer

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Beneath them sit carboys filled with homemade meads, fruit wines and perry. The Economist, "Universe in a jarFermentation makes a comeback," 16 Dec. 2017 Perry goes Off Script with THR to talk playing an alcoholic every night, skewering Trump with a fresh punchline and truly discovering New York City for the first time. Ashley Lee, The Hollywood Reporter, "Matthew Perry Hid a Tribute to 'Friends' in His Play 'The End of Longing'," 16 June 2017 The dichotomy is part of the reason Perry decided to get such a drastic pixie haircut. Stephanie Petit,, "8 Buzziest Moments from Katy Perry’s YouTube Live Stream," 12 June 2017 Taylor probably wrote an entire album by now while lazy perry is sleeping. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry’s Panopticon of Fun and Tears," 12 June 2017 Perry sets her story near that spot in a fictional village called Aldwinter more than 200 years later. Ron Charles, The Denver Post, "The most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet," 8 June 2017 Perry has not responded to The Courant despite numerous inquiries, including requests for comment on the 2013 spike in white students. Matthew Kauffman,, "Capital Prep Met State Integration Rule By Picking White Students Outside Lottery," 30 June 2017 Perry calls for climate skeptics to 'come out of the shadows' & hold a debate: 'Why not? Emily Atkin, New Republic, "Rick Perry says he wants an “intellectual” conversation about climate change. He’s lying.," 27 June 2017 Perry sets her story near that spot in a fictional village called Aldwinter more than 200 years later. Sarah Perry,, "'Essex Serpent': Mythical monster, remarkable heroine," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of perry


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perry


Middle English peirrie, from Anglo-French peré, from Vulgar Latin *piratum, from Latin pirum pear

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English Language Learners Definition of perry

: an alcoholic drink made from pears

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