: the small dark globose astringent fruit of the blackthorn
also : blackthorn

Examples of sloe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo and Food Styling by Joseph De Leo Sloe Gin Sweet and rustic, this style gets its name from the inclusion of sloe berries in the distillation process. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2024 These seasonal traditions, these sloes: a portal into the past, the future. Lottie Hazell, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Middle English slo, from Old English slāh; akin to Old High German slēha sloe and probably to Russian sliva plum — more at livid

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sloe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sloe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the tart bluish black globe-shaped fruit of the blackthorn
also : blackthorn

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