noun, often attributive
straw·​ber·​ry | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē How to pronounce strawberry (audio) , -b(ə-)rē \

Definition of strawberry

1 : 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
2 : 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

Recent Examples on the Web The porter flushed a deeper strawberry and allowed the Alsatian a little closer to my person. Anelise Chen, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 Muddle the strawberry in the bottom of a mixing tin. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 25 May 2021 For commercial kitchens, there are also new smart scales that track food waste and refrigerators that notice when the very first strawberry goes bad—warning you to use the rest, now. Patrick Symmes, Bon Appétit, 18 May 2021 Top selling sundaes at Oscar Moon’s include hot fudge and the strawberry crumble. Matt Wake |, al, 10 May 2021 Meals include choice of quiche (pancetta goat cheese, mushroom, and spinach; or spinach, roasted red pepper caramelized onion, and white cheddar), chicken salad with mini croissants, fruit salad and strawberry shortcake. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2021 Casa Mia’s Mother’s Day dinner takeout special, which is also available at Casa Mia on the Green, xxxxxx in Rocky Hill, has beef tenderloin, lemon chicken, roasted potatoes, penne vodka, garlic beans, salad, rolls, butter and strawberry shortcake. Susan Dunne,, 29 Apr. 2021 But small groups of researchers have started working with patients to unravel the mysteries of how the aroma of a fresh strawberry can travel through the nose and get misperceived as rotting garbage. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 What happens when a strawberry gets run over crossing the street? Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of strawberry

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

History and Etymology for strawberry

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

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

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“Strawberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strawberry

: a soft, juicy red fruit that grows on a low plant with white flowers


straw·​ber·​ry | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē How to pronounce strawberry (audio) \
plural strawberries

Kids Definition of strawberry

: the juicy edible usually red fruit of a low-growing plant with white flowers and long slender runners

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