the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
the tree itself.

Origin of pear

before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru < Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of L of pirum (neuter) pear
Related formspear·like, adjective
Can be confusedpair pare payer pear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pear

Contemporary Examples of pear

  • At the most basic level, most ciders are produced using a blend of sweet, sour, and bitter apple and pear varieties.

  • The pear tree at the Sept. 11 memorial was among the last living things to be pulled out of the rubble.

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    The Sept. 11 Survivor Tree in Bloom

    Michael Daly

    March 24, 2012

  • The three containers [of pear, strawberry granola and peach] have run through me like Olympic sprinters.

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    The Crazy Baby Food Diet

    Gina Piccalo

    September 22, 2010

  • Pear Clafoutis by Tom Fitzmorris Sweet, ripe pears are a brilliant variation on clafoutis.

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    The 5 Best Berry Recipes

    July 27, 2010

  • Freshly grated pear barely needs any sweetening, which is why we encourage you to make the pear puree yourself.

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    How Top Chefs Stay Thin

    Rachel Syme

    December 15, 2009

Historical Examples of pear

British Dictionary definitions for pear



a widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Pyrus communis, having white flowers and edible fruits
the sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit of this tree, which has a globular base and tapers towards the apex
the wood of this tree, used for making furniture
go pear-shaped informal to go wrongthe plan started to go pear-shaped

Word Origin for pear

Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum
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Word Origin and History for pear

Old English pere, peru "pear," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pere, Old High German pira, bira, Dutch peer), from Vulgar Latin *pera, variant of Latin pira, plural (taken for fem. singular) of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source. It likely shares an origin with Greek apion "pear," apios "pear tree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper