- any small, usually stoneless, juicy fruit, irrespective of botanical structure, as the huckleberry, strawberry, or hackberry.
- Botany. a simple fruit having a pulpy pericarp in which the seeds are embedded, as the grape, gooseberry, currant, or tomato.
- a dry seed or kernel, as of wheat.
- the hip of the rose.
- one of the eggs of a lobster, crayfish, etc.
- the berries, Older Slang. someone or something very attractive or unusual.
- to gather or pick berries: We went berrying this morning.
- to bear or produce berries.
Origin of berry
- Charles Edward AndersonChuck, born 1926, U.S. rock-'n'-roll singer, musician, and composer.
- Also Ber·ri. a former province in central France.
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Contemporary Examples of berry
“Very few district attorneys are willing to go after a bishop,” says Berry.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
Until they do, Berry utilizes her star quality to keep us riveted and awaiting whatever twist comes next.
Berry has never deployed her talents consistently during her career, but acquits herself quite admirably here.
“They stressed rules and obedience, Francis is emphatic about mercy,” Berry says.
“What he did to the Church internally is a sadder story, most strikingly in his failure on the abuse crisis,” Berry says.
Historical Examples of berry
In Berry it is the women that are sour, but the wines are rich.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
At times they lost the trail, as it was overgrown with fern and berry bush.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
And Cap'n Berry—the depot master—says he went to Trumet on the afternoon freight.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
For at that instant Miss Berry came into the room, entering from the hall.
Miss Berry laughed, too, but she still seemed somewhat puzzled.
- any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
- botany an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
- any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
- the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal
- to bear or produce berries
- to gather or look for berries
Word Origin for berry
- (ˈbɛrɪ) Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry . born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), "Memphis, Tennessee" (1959), and "Promised Land" (1964)
- (French bɛri) Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts
Old English berie, from Proto-Germanic *basjom (cf. Old Norse ber, Middle Dutch bere, German Beere "berry;" Old Saxon winber, Gothic weinabasi "grape"), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.
- A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe pome. See more at simple fruit.
- A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.
Usage: Cucumbers and tomatoes aren't usually thought of as berries, but to a botanist they are in fact berries, while strawberries and raspberries are not. In botany, a berry is a fleshy kind of simple fruit consisting of a single ovary that has multiple seeds. Other true berries besides cucumbers and tomatoes are bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Many fruits that are popularly called berries have a different structure and thus are not true berries. For example, strawberries and raspberries are aggregate fruits, developed from multiple ovaries of a single flower. The mulberry is not a true berry either. It is a multiple fruit, like the pineapple, and is made up of the ovaries of several individual flowers.