noun, often attributive
straw·​ber·​ry | \ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē, -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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And get this: Each dish, including David's own Philly cheesesteak, baked ziti, and melted strawberry ice cream cake, can be made with 10 ingredients or less. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Over 135,000 People Have Pre-Ordered David Venable's New Cookbook on QVC," 13 Aug. 2018 One cup, a lemony drink with gin and fruit, and strawberries and cream. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Feeling Peckish at Wimbledon? Order These Quintessentially British Courtside Snacks," 6 July 2018 Expect to see Eli’s original plain cheesecake with strawberries on the menu, plus some special flavor selections. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Try these Chicago classics at the 2018 Taste of Chicago," 5 July 2018 The touches of blonde coupled with the reds remind us of strawberries and champagne. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 Stir in dry rosé and sliced strawberries and oranges. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Campari Sangria," 13 Aug. 2018 The brothers had run out of lime, strawberry and even the dreaded orange. Deborah Levy, The Cut, "The Cost of Living," 1 July 2018 Bahama Breeze is filling its cups (and carefully rimming them with multicolored sugar) with the reggae punch — a mix of Bacardi Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, strawberry and passion fruit. Lauren Delgado,, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 2018 The straw also deters slugs, snails and other pests who think strawberries are delicious too. Jeanette Marantos,, "Don't be afraid: You can grow strawberries at home," 5 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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