[ puhn-it ]

nounBritish, Australian.
  1. a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.

Origin of punnet

First recorded in 1815–25; origin obscure

Words Nearby punnet

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How to use punnet in a sentence

  • 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.

  • He had, it appeared, talked to Lady punnet about private theatricals!

    Kipps | H. G. Wells
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for punnet


/ (ˈpʌnɪt) /

  1. mainly British a small basket for fruit, such as strawberries

Origin of punnet

C19: perhaps diminutive of dialect pun pound ²

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