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 Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican eccentric who had previously shown up to the Latin Grammys in board shorts and Crocs, stepped it up this year in a raspberry suit, lavender gloves and a curly mohawk. Suzy Exposito Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Elegant, chalky tannins carry red raspberry flavors that evolve to darker black cherry in the glass, warmly spiced with anise. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 Everyone else’s are in a very specific pastel range of pistachio and light raspberry shades. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 Shearon said the mason jars are his most popular size, and the blue raspberry flavor Kool-Aid is his customers' most popular drink of choice. Jasmin Barmore, Freep.com, 3 Sep. 2021 The palate manages to be bright and concentrated at the same time, adding raspberry into the mix, with a firm but elegant tannin structure. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2021 Notes of ripe black cherry/raspberry fruit and warm notes of soft leather and spice conspire to make this one a versatile choice for many dishes, or just for enjoying on its own. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 First, the chain purged the color blue from its branding, because blue doesn’t exist in food (which … tell that to the mythical delicacy known as the blue raspberry). Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 21 Sep. 2021 Raspberry Blush, a raspberry and coffee Berliner Weiss, charms hop heads and new beer fans alike. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021

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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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“Raspberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raspberry. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raspberry

: a soft, red berry that is sweet and juicy
: 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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