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perry

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

Perry

[per-ee]
noun
  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

perry

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

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

Perry

noun
  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

Perry

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

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