cran·​ber·​ry | \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio) , -ˌbe-rē, -b(ə-)rē \

Definition of cranberry

1 : the red acid berry produced by some plants (such as Vaccinium oxycoccos and V. macrocarpon) of the heath family also : a plant producing these
2 : any of various plants with a fruit that resembles a cranberry
3 : a dark red

Examples of cranberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The menu will feature turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and dessert., 30 Dec. 2021 Turn leftover turkey and cranberry sauce into wonderfully delicious sliders with this simple 20-minute recipe. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 And if the family starts discussing divisive topics over the cranberry sauce? The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 25 Dec. 2021 And if the family starts discussing divisive topics over the cranberry sauce? New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 This includes holiday drink staples like egg nog, sparkling apple cider, champagne, and wine, along with cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought), preserves, jams and jellies, and maple syrup. Charmaine Patterson,, 22 Dec. 2021 Friends and associates handed out turkeys, stuffing mix and cranberry sauce at a church two days after the shooting, an event the 36-year-old rapper helped organize and was supposed to attend. Adrian Sainz, ajc, 15 Dec. 2021 Use it to make white chocolate and cranberry cookies or jam thumbprints. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 22 Dec. 2021 The juice tastes like a cranberry upgrade, with a similar sweet-tart tannic note but deeper flavor. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of cranberry

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cranberry

partial translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry

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The first known use of cranberry was in 1647

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10 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of cranberry

: a small, dark red berry or the plant that produces it
: a dark red color


cran·​ber·​ry | \ ˈkran-ˌber-ē How to pronounce cranberry (audio) \
plural cranberries

Kids Definition of cranberry

: a sour bright red berry that is eaten in sauces and jelly and is the fruit of an evergreen swamp plant related to the blueberries

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