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 Certain salad ingredients that were once ubiquitous—such as the raspberry vinegar and wild rice of the 1980s—have now almost vanished. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Great American Salad Revolution," 1 Jan. 2021 Finish with either peppermint cheesecake or a chocolate-raspberry cobbler ($150, serves two; $300, serves four). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Christmas takeout meals," 7 Dec. 2020 Scents of almond and Granny Smith apples give way to lemon zest and raspberry flavors. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Champagnes we deserve as we kick 2020 to the curb," 22 Dec. 2020 The takeout menu includes: choice of soup or salad; choice of rib-eye, carnitas or halibut; and choice of mixed berries and cream or churros with chocolate-raspberry sauce and Grand Marnier cajeta (caramel sauce). Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "19 New Year’s Eve takeout dinners to celebrate the end of 2020 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 14 Dec. 2020 Tart, raspberry, cider, mango and peach all come out in the contents of this can and its wild label, but the tartness is surprisingly restrained for a Berliner. cleveland, "13 beers to sip in November (photos)," 8 Nov. 2020 Magnolia blossom created this raspberry ripple photograph. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Slit-Scan Technique Presents a Twist on Flowery Photography," 10 Dec. 2020 In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and rye flours, baking soda, salt and raspberry powder. Washington Post, "Raspberry and rye work wonders together in this tangy, complex cookie," 2 Dec. 2020 The Brie and honey, tucked into a crisp and lacy envelope of that nutty flour, was a standout, and their raspberry cider was a refreshing way to wash it down. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 23 Oct. 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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15 Jan 2021

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“Raspberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raspberry. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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