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noun, plural per·ries.
  1. a fermented beverage similar to cider, made from the juice of pears.

Origin of perry

1275–1325; Middle English pereye < Middle French perey, variant of pereVulgar Latin *pirātum (Latin pir(a) pear + -ātum, neuter of -ātus -ate1)


  1. Antoinette,1888–1946, U.S. actress, theatrical manager, and producer.
  2. Bliss,1860–1954, U.S. educator, literary critic, and editor.
  3. Frederick JohnFred, 1909–1995, British tennis player.
  4. Matthew Cal·braith [kal-breyth] /ˈkæl breɪθ/, 1794–1858, U.S. commodore.
  5. his brotherOliver Hazard,1785–1819, U.S. naval officer.
  6. Ralph Barton,1876–1957, U.S. philosopher and educator.
  7. a male given name: from a Middle English word meaning “pear tree.”
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  • Miss Perry sat down in the teacher's chair, her heart all in a flutter.

  • No Miss Perry appeared; and it seemed, at first, that the mission boys were to have no teacher.

  • "Miss Perry's getting him some broth," Mrs. Adams returned, calmly.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • "Can't poison you with much more of it," Miss Perry interrupted him, indulgently.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • The motors employed in the locomotives were invented by Messrs. Ayrton and Perry.

British Dictionary definitions for perry


noun plural -ries
  1. alcoholic drink made of pears, similar in taste to cider

Word Origin

C14 pereye, from Old French peré, ultimately from Latin pirum pear


  1. Fred (erick John). 1909–95, English tennis and table-tennis player; world singles table-tennis champion (1929); as a tennis player he won eight Grand Slam singles titles including the US Open three times (1933–34, 1936) and Wimbledon three times (1934–36)
  2. Grayson . born 1960, English potter, embroiderer, and film-maker; won the Turner Prize (2003).
  3. Matthew Calbraith. 1794–1858, US naval officer, who led a naval expedition to Japan that obtained a treaty (1854) opening up Japan to western trade
  4. his brother, Oliver Hazard. 1785–1819, US naval officer. His defeat of a British squadron on Lake Erie (1813) was the turning point in the War of 1812, leading to the recapture of Detroit
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Word Origin and History for perry


surname attested from late 12c., literally "dweller by the pear tree."

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