Definition of beurré in English:



  • A class of pear of a mellow variety.

    • ‘He adds to all this, that " it is a good bearer, hangs long on the tree, which is hardy, an excellent beurre pear.’
    • ‘Beurré Bedford is a large very juicy firm fleshed pear.’
    • ‘Of the ten blossoms treated with the Beurré pear, eight set, two of which afterwards fell off, but I suspect not fairly, and six are now proceeding to maturity.’
    • ‘Is the Easter beurré pear worth cultivating to any on the pear stock?’
    • ‘His practice with such trees was to cut them down and renew the soil at their roots and he refers to a beurré pear restored from an inch and a half of bark which bore 450 fine large pears.’


Early 18th century: French, literally ‘buttered, buttery’.