rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē How to pronounce raspberry (audio) , -b(ə-)rē \

Definition of raspberry

1a : any of various usually black or red edible berries that are aggregate fruits consisting of numerous small drupes on a fleshy receptacle and that are usually rounder and smaller than the closely related blackberries
b : a perennial plant (genus Rubus) of the rose family that bears raspberries
2 [short for raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart] : a sound of contempt made by protruding the tongue between the lips and expelling air forcibly to produce a vibration broadly : an expression of disapproval or contempt

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Examples of raspberry in a Sentence

One of the children made a raspberry at him. there were raspberries from the audience when the hapless actress kept forgetting her lines
Recent Examples on the Web Stop there or add raspberry cider, honey and bitters for this crisp cocktail. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota cideries are experimenting with the versatility of apples," 17 Sep. 2020 For example, a new creation called Beauty School Dropout consists of the distillery’s homemade Tahitian vanilla vodka with pineapple and raspberry flavors and an egg white. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "North Shore Distillery open for fall cocktail flights, tours," 16 Sep. 2020 Thompson Strawberry Farms also has raspberry picking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We just needed some extra happiness this year': Wisconsin farmer plants 2 million sunflowers," 15 Sep. 2020 Fans of vintage and premium rosé Champagnes will discover that Fleur's 75 percent chardonnay, 25 percent young pinot noir blend possesses a subtle petal pink color, notes of fresh raspberry and currants and a slight associated salinity. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Brad Pitt Previews His New Limited Release Rosé Champagne: It 'Isn't a "Celebrity" Wine for Me'," 31 Aug. 2020 Some of the hand sanitizers even contain food flavors, such as chocolate or raspberry, the FDA said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Coronavirus update: Pink eye may be COVID-19 symptom in children," 28 Aug. 2020 The fruit, which tastes like a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, has only been around since the 1940s when it was developed in Oregon by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, "Driving California Highway 1: The best views, hikes and things to do near San Luis Obispo," 27 Aug. 2020 Specially produced raspberry gose benefits Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 24-30," 22 Aug. 2020 There is a definite sherbet bent to this flavor, which is more raspberry sweet than pomegranate tart. cleveland, "Ranking 10 Stricklands Frozen Custard flavors, including the best vanilla we had at 5 local chains," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of raspberry

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for raspberry

English dialect rasp raspberry + English berry

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The first known use of raspberry was circa 1616

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23 Sep 2020

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“Raspberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raspberry. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raspberry

: a soft, red berry that is sweet and juicy
informal : a rude sound made by pushing your tongue outside your lips and blowing air out of your mouth


rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē How to pronounce raspberry (audio) \
plural raspberries

Kids Definition of raspberry

: a sweet juicy red, black, or purple berry of a prickly plant

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