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 Sodalicious also sells energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull, cocktails such as Blue Buzz, consisting of Red Bull, blue raspberry and coconut. Gary Stern, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The pop combines cherry, blue raspberry and lime flavors. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Bubble-gum pink vases dominate the paper pattern; the cabinet’s rosy lilac is clouded with gray; the stripes of the window shade and circles on the tray contribute a deep raspberry and the flower vessel adds a peachy shade. Elizabeth Quinn Brown, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 For this wine, think cherry pie with nutmeg, and some raspberry on the finish. Marc Bona, cleveland, 9 May 2021 Dinner ends on a sweet and festive note with a chocolate & champagne dessert made with chocolate opera torte, praline cream and caramelized hazelnuts and a raspberry champagne mousse with white chocolate glaze and berry coulis. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 This raspberry-flower dress ($70), from the Historic New Orleans Collection, sourced from an antique French Quarter pattern. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2021 Once glowing from head to toe, your recipient will be in need of a finishing touch, perhaps in the form of Byredo’s Mad Red lipstick, a vibrant raspberry shade with a matte finish and a sculptural applicator that’s perfect for any holiday party. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool, then fill each cookie with about ½ teaspoon raspberry or strawberry jam. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 10 Dec. 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 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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