Definition of cranberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkranb(ə)ri/

noun (plural cranberries)

1A small red acid berry used in cooking: [as modifier]: cranberry sauce
More example sentences
  • It is likely to apply to cranberries and cranberry sauce as well as juice.
  • Flavors include pineapple with strawberries, and citrus with orange, lemon and cranberry.
  • I created my own mix by combining a high-fiber cereal, low-sodium soy nuts and dried fruits, such as cranberries or raisins.
2The evergreen dwarf shrub of the heather family which yields the cranberry.
  • Genus Vaccinium, family Ericaceae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Gorse, heather and cranberry cover the open areas and ancient forests of oak, hazel and holly grow higher up.
  • Foulshaw boasts a huge variety of plants and animals, including the cranberry, bog rosemary, heath butterfly and bog bush cricket.
  • Mounds, called hummocks, are the growing medium though which swamp laurel, Labrador tea, salal and native cranberries grow.


Mid 17th century (originally North American): from German Kranbeere or Low German kranebeere 'crane-berry'.

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