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 Along with the traditional flavors, Gong Cha has strawberry, wintermelon, creme brulee, caramel and passionfruit. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 1 Aug. 2022 Still in consideration for the new location is the 16-acre site known as Lot 11 owned by SDG&E on Cannon Road near the U-pick strawberry fields, less than a mile east of the existing yard. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 Although most people can identify Skittles flavors like lemon, strawberry and orange, few can probably name titanium dioxide, a coloring additive that helps give the candies their bright hue. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Consider the strawberry: red, ripe, an ephemeral pleasure as fleeting as a summer fling. Sheila Yasmin Marikar, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 In a shaker tin, muddle the strawberry with agave syrup and lemon juice. Gabrielle Nicole Pharms, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 The Strawberry Smash Spritz is the ideal refreshing drink for a day at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club—and pairs perfectly with your strawberry and cream snack. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 3 July 2022 Marshall Davis Pinot Noir Rosé is similar with pronounced strawberry and rose notes but also offers up some slight citrus aromas. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Open Thursday to Monday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; dinner Thursday to Monday 5:30 to 9 p.m. Lunch from $12, dinner from $19; two popovers with Maine strawberry or blueberry jam $8. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Strawberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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