[ puhn-it ]
/ ˈpʌn ɪt /

noun British, Australian.

a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.


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Origin of punnet

First recorded in 1815–25; origin obscure

Words nearby punnet

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Example sentences from the Web for punnet

  • 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
  • Prime fruit ought to be scarce and dear, picked careful, and kept in the punnet.

  • 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
  • Your gardener said to me this morning: 'I'll pick a "punnet" of strawberries to-day.'

    His Lordship's Leopard|David Dwight Wells

British Dictionary definitions for punnet

/ (ˈpʌnɪt) /


mainly British a small basket for fruit, such as strawberries

Word Origin for punnet

C19: perhaps diminutive of dialect pun pound ²
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