Berry Definition

bĕrē
berried, berries, berrying
noun
An indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary and having the whole wall fleshy, such as a grape or tomato.
American Heritage
Any small, juicy, fleshy fruit, as a strawberry or raspberry.
Webster's New World
A small, juicy, fleshy fruit, such as a blackberry or raspberry, regardless of its botanical structure.
American Heritage
The dry seed or kernel of various plants, as a coffee bean or wheat grain.
Webster's New World
Any of various seeds or dried kernels, as of wheat.
American Heritage
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verb
To hunt for or gather berries.
Went berrying in July.
American Heritage
To produce berries.
Webster's New World
To look for and pick berries.
Webster's New World
To berry is defined as to create a soft, fleshy fruit.
An example of to berry is a plant making fruit in the spring.
YourDictionary
Berry is defined as to look for and pick small berries.
An example of to berry is to go pick blackberries when they are growing wild.
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proper name
Historical region in central France: chief city, Bourges.
Webster's New World
pronoun

A surname​.

Wiktionary
A male given name.
Wiktionary
(rare) A female given name.
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other
A historical region and former province of central France. Purchased by the French crown in 1101, it became an independent duchy in 1360 and reverted to the crown in 1601.
American Heritage
A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries.
American Heritage Science
A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.
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Other Word Forms of Berry

Noun

Singular:
berry
Plural:
berries

Origin of Berry

  • From Middle English berye, from Old English beriġe, from Proto-Germanic *bazją (compare German Beere, Danish bær), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰes- (“to blow, chew, rub”) (compare Tocharian B pās- (“to whisper”), Albanian therr (“thorn,”), Ancient Greek ψάω (psaō, “I rub”), Sanskrit बभस्ति (bábhasti, “he chews, devours”)). For the semantic development, compare Old Church Slavonic гроуша (gruša, “pear”), from гроушити (grušiti, “to break, destroy”); Latin pirum (“pear”), from *peis- (“to stick, pound”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English beryen, berien, from Old English *berian (found only in past participle ġebered (“crushed, kneaded, harassed, oppressed, vexed”)), from Proto-Germanic *barjaną (“to beat, hit”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to rip, cut, split, grate”). Cognate with Scots berry, barry (“to thresh, thrash”), German beren (“to beat, knead”), Icelandic berja (“to beat”), Latin feriō (“strike, hit”, verb).

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  • From Middle English berȝe, berghe, from Old English beorġe, dative form of beorg (“mountain, hill, mound, barrow”), from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (“mountain, hill”). More at barrow.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English berye from Old English berie bhā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of Bury and Barry. The given name is also a pet form of names beginning with Ber-.

    From Wiktionary

  • From berry, also a pet form of Beryl and Berenice.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bery (“a burrow”). More at burrow.

    From Wiktionary

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