straw·​ber·​ry ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē How to pronounce strawberry (audio)
often attributive
: the juicy edible usually red fruit of any of several low-growing temperate herbs (genus Fragaria) of the rose family that is technically an enlarged pulpy receptacle bearing numerous achenes on its surface
: a plant whose fruits are strawberries
especially : a hybrid (Fragaria ananassa) that is the source of most cultivated strawberries

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Examples of strawberry in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English strēawberige, from strēaw straw + berige berry; perhaps from the appearance of the achenes on the surface

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Strawberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


straw·​ber·​ry ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē How to pronounce strawberry (audio)
: an edible juicy red fruit of a low-growing herb with white flowers and long slender runners
also : a plant that bears strawberries

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