Definition of berry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberē/

noun (plural berries)

1A small roundish juicy fruit without a stone: juniper berries [as modifier]: berry clusters
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  • Add the black peppercorns, juniper berries, thyme, rosemary, sage, lovage, and bay leaf.
  • The primary flavoring agent, the one used by all producers is the juniper berry.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, mix the berries with the muscovado sugar and lime juice, crush roughly and leave to marinade with the purple basil leaves.
1.1 Botany Any fruit that has its seeds enclosed in a fleshy pulp, for example, a banana or tomato.
Example sentences
  • For the number of flowers, berries and seeds per fruit, ten inflorescences were used, each inflorescence sampling from a different vine or cutting.
  • Drupes and berries, the classic fleshy fruits, first appeared in the late Cretaceous or early Tertiary.
  • A varied composition provides continuity of food supply for birds and small mammals, with seeds, fruits and berries ripening at different times.
1.2Any of various kernels or seeds, such as the coffee bean.
Example sentences
  • The tiny borer spends its entire larval life inside the coffee berry, which encases the seed, commonly known as the coffee bean.
  • These fussy foragers pick the best and ripest coffee berries.
  • Red coffee berries are plucked from the tree and roasted on a griddle.
1.3A fish egg or the roe of a lobster or similar creature.


Old English berie, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bes and German Beere.

Words that rhyme with berry

beriberi, BlackBerry, bury, Ceri, Derry, ferry, Gerry, jerry, Kerry, merry, perry, Pondicherry, sherry, terry, very, wherry, wolfberry

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Syllabification: ber·ry

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