- a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.
Origin of punnet
First recorded in 1815–25; origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for punnet
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.
- mainly British a small basket for fruit, such as strawberries
C19: perhaps diminutive of dialect pun pound ²
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Word Origin and History for punnet
"small, round chip basket," 1822, chiefly British, of obscure origin.
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