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[puhn-it] /ˈpʌn ɪt/
noun, British, Australian.
a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.
Origin of punnet
First recorded in 1815-25; origin obscure Unabridged
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  • Your gardener said to me this morning: 'I'll pick a "punnet" of strawberries to-day.'

    His Lordship's Leopard David Dwight Wells
  • Incidentally he alluded quite familiarly to men with military titles, and once even to someone with a title, a Lady punnet.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • Forty or fifty years ago a punnet or two of the attractive vivid scarlet fruit might be seen in season at Covent Garden Market.

    The Khedive's Country George Manville Fenn
  • Prime fruit ought to be scarce and dear, picked careful, and kept in the punnet.

British Dictionary definitions for punnet


(mainly Brit) a small basket for fruit, such as strawberries
Word Origin
C19: perhaps diminutive of dialect punpound²
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Word Origin and History for punnet

"small, round chip basket," 1822, chiefly British, of obscure origin.

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