per·​ry | \ ˈper-ē How to pronounce perry (audio) \

Definition of perry

 (Entry 1 of 4)

chiefly British : fermented pear juice often made sparkling


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Per·​ry | \ ˈper-ē How to pronounce Perry (audio) \

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

Examples of perry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 View this post on Instagram ariana with kamala harris, demi lovato and katy perry last night! Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 22 July 2019 Christian Banker of Oceanside, a QUAFF member, third place, specialty cider and perry category. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2019 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, 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, 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 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, 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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“Perry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perry

: an alcoholic drink made from pears

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