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 Create cute cups by pressing puff pastry into muffin tins and dolloping jam (apricot, raspberry, and fig are tasty!) and cubes of gooey Brie on top. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Jammy Brie Cups," 21 Dec. 2019 In the variety pack, shoppers can find four cans of each flavor: natural lime, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, and black cherry. Mary Honkus, PEOPLE.com, "White Claw Hard Seltzer Is Finally Available at Trader Joe's," 11 Dec. 2019 Pour Creme de Cassis, drop in raspberries, blackberries, or pomegranate. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Healthy-Ish Cocktails You Can Indulge In This Holiday Season," 19 Nov. 2019 That means both teens and adults could wind up switching to deadlier menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars, which come in coffee, raspberry, chocolate and hundreds of other varieties. Matthew Perrone, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes," 5 Oct. 2019 Barcino Brut Cava, $15 Here’s a cava with bright flavors of red currant and raspberries, and a persistent finish. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Toast this holiday season with lots of bubbly, starting as low as $15," 13 Dec. 2019 Instead of festive fruit cake, this one was made of vanilla, raspberry, and white chocolate and was to help celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Kicked Off the Holiday Season at One of Her Favorite Charities," 4 Dec. 2019 For those looking to take the purist craft cocktail route, the That’s My Jam blends coconut rum, raspberry and elderflower liqueur, strawberry jam, and a citrus juice blend. al, "McFly’s and Unplugged are ready to serve up 80s/90s nostalgia in Five Points South," 23 Nov. 2019 This crust-free cheesecake features plump, ripe raspberries and a distinct note of vanilla. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

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“Raspberry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raspberry. Accessed 18 January 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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