whor·​tle·​ber·​ry | \ ˈ(h)wər-tᵊl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce whortleberry (audio) \

Definition of whortleberry

Examples of whortleberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These delicacies—wild-cherry-and-rhubarb pasties, plump whortleberry pies, potato-and-mushroom turnovers—make an appearance at every feast, and in every traveller’s knapsack. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 Menu selections aboard one Victoria Luise cruise included beef broth with farina dumplings and roast duck and whortleberry soup. Daryl Austin, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whortleberry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of whortleberry

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whortleberry

alteration of earlier hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilberye, irregular from Old English horte whortleberry + Middle English berye berry

Learn More About whortleberry

Time Traveler for whortleberry

Time Traveler

The first known use of whortleberry was in 1578

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near whortleberry




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for whortleberry

Last Updated

3 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Whortleberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whortleberry. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on whortleberry

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about whortleberry


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!