per·​ry ˈper-ē How to pronounce perry (audio)
chiefly British : fermented pear juice often made sparkling

Examples of perry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Great Lakes was one of 223 breweries to participate in the festival, which showcased more than 400 beers, ciders, meads and perries aged in wood barrels or in contact with wood. Joey Morona, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2019 Christian Banker of Oceanside, a QUAFF member, third place, specialty cider and perry category. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2019 The orchard has about 6,000 trees, including more than 20 varieties of traditional European and early American cider apples and perry pears. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, 25 Sep. 2018 Regardless, the list leans European and Washington, and includes local cider and perry. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 May 2018 Beneath them sit carboys filled with homemade meads, fruit wines and perry. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perry was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Perry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Perry 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Per·​ry ˈper-ē How to pronounce Perry (audio)
Bliss 1860–1954 American educator and critic


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Matthew Calbraith 1794–1858 American commodore


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biographical name (3)

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

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