Definition of cranberry in English:



  • 1A small red acid berry used in cooking.

    as modifier ‘cranberry sauce’
    • ‘So I grabbed a bag of dried cranberries and shortly after, Simon did, too.’
    • ‘Scatter the pecans and dried cranberries in the tart base.’
    • ‘Last year, you could not get fresh cranberries or herbs by the 24th.’
    • ‘Add cranberry cocktail and combine with kiwi by massaging mixture together.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the eastern wetland flora is not confined to cranberry farms in the Pacific Northwest.’
    • ‘I like the balance of sweet and sour in this one and there are whole cranberries in there for texture.’
    • ‘There's also a pretty good chance that we could have a last minute substitution for the cranberry relish.’
    • ‘Berman explained that the studies were done using regular cranberry juice cocktail.’
    • ‘The Chicken itself was served with mashed potatoes and an apple / cranberry sauce.’
    • ‘For me, it was pineapple juice, which was garnished appealingly with whole cranberries and a slice of orange.’
    • ‘It is likely to apply to cranberries and cranberry sauce as well as juice.’
    • ‘Flavors include pineapple with strawberries, and citrus with orange, lemon and cranberry.’
    • ‘In the early 1990s, cranberry growers and marketers enjoyed several successful years.’
    • ‘The main course was going to be a roast duck, served with cranberry stuffing and scalloped potatoes.’
    • ‘Stir in the cranberries, raisins, and orange peel.’
    • ‘And hot millet with dried cranberries, pecans and honey makes a tasty breakfast treat.’
    • ‘Sort and rinse, then use just like you would fresh cranberries.’
    • ‘If you buy cranberry juice cocktail, drink four glasses a day.’
    • ‘I am lobbying pretty heavily for a spicy cranberry jelly from a jar.’
    • ‘I created my own mix by combining a high-fiber cereal, low-sodium soy nuts and dried fruits, such as cranberries or raisins.’
  • 2The evergreen dwarf shrub of the heather family that bears cranberries.

    Genus Vaccinium, family Ericaceae: several species

    • ‘It is one of only three sectors that is not in decline - ornamentals and cranberries are the other two.’
    • ‘Gorse, heather and cranberry cover the open areas and ancient forests of oak, hazel and holly grow higher up.’
    • ‘Foulshaw boasts a huge variety of plants and animals, including the cranberry, bog rosemary, heath butterfly and bog bush cricket.’
    • ‘Mounds, called hummocks, are the growing medium though which swamp laurel, Labrador tea, salal and native cranberries grow.’
    • ‘The cranberry is a native American wetland plant that is grown in open bogs and marshes.’


Mid 17th century (originally North American): from German Kranbeere or Low German kranebeere ‘crane-berry’.