perry

noun
per·​ry | \ˈper-ē \

Definition of perry 

(Entry 1 of 4)

chiefly British : fermented pear juice often made sparkling

Perry

biographical name (1)
Per·​ry | \ˈper-ē \

Definition of Perry (Entry 2 of 4)

Bliss 1860–1954 American educator and critic

Perry

biographical name (2)

Definition of Perry (Entry 3 of 4)

Matthew Calbraith 1794–1858 American commodore

Perry

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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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Photo: perry duffin/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock The tactic worked until winter rains failed to arrive this year, turning fertile areas into dust bowls. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 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, "Destination Dining: Finnriver Farm & Cidery," 25 Sep. 2018 Regardless, the list leans European and Washington, and includes local cider and perry. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 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, PEOPLE.com, "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

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First Known Use of perry

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perry

Noun

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

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perry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of perry

: an alcoholic drink made from pears

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