Definition of punnet in English:

punnet

noun

British
  • A small light basket or other container for fruit or vegetables.

    ‘a punnet of strawberries’
    • ‘The soil has to be either specifically-designed seed-raising mix when growing them in pots or punnets, or a well-worked, light, fertile tilth when growing in garden beds.’
    • ‘We've also sold about 12 trays of strawberries each day, with 12 punnets on each of them.’
    • ‘There is deep satisfaction to be had in spending a couple of hours picking punnets full of ripe, juicy fruit.’
    • ‘I had a punnet of perfect raspberries waiting in the fridge, and I couldn't stop thinking about them.’
    • ‘In the middle of it stands a huge supermarket where you can buy punnets of blackberries imported from Holland.’
    • ‘The system, developed at the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand, uses a punnet that traps the volatile compounds fruit emit.’
    • ‘I'll pour that over half a punnet of blueberries.’
    • ‘Pansies have such a long flowering period that it's worth buying them in plug punnets, which are already quite well established.’
    • ‘Under these circumstances it's best to manually collect seed and grow them on in punnets and seed trays for planting out at the appropriate time.’
    • ‘And as Georgia, clutching a plastic punnet, tugs on her mother's sleeve and begs her to accompany her to the redcurrants, it's clear that the most enthusiastic fruit-pickers live on-site.’
    • ‘He was hoping to sell more than 600 punnets yesterday.’
    • ‘Also pot on some punnets of other summer annuals such as Petunias ready to plant out when the spring annuals come out.’
    • ‘In the summer, providing you get there early enough, you can buy a punnet of fresh-picked local strawberries, fat and luscious, still with the morning dew on them, almost.’
    • ‘Today, as the English strawberry season gets into full swing, the open fields have been polytunnelled and cardboard punnets have given way to plastic trays.’
    • ‘Spanish strawberries are the main imports filling punnets outside Scottish harvesting time - between the beginning of June and the end of August.’
    • ‘They are sold in punnets as annuals but are terrific value because in this climate they can be cut back in autumn and will flower again non-stop once the weather warms up again.’
    • ‘It's a good month to visit pick-your-own farms or, if you want to use your energy on cooking rather than picking, to buy raspberries by the cheap punnet.’
    • ‘Now, I can go guiltless into the supermarket and buy a shiny jar of jam or a clean, ready-to-eat punnet of any soft fruit, just sufficient for my immediate needs.’
    • ‘For instance, It's as easy to purchase loose fruit and veg than it is to purchase boxes or punnets of fruit or veg.’
    • ‘Have a sneaky look at the bottom of the container as well, as there are unscrupulous fruit sellers who will happily sell you a punnet of fruit with furry bottoms.’
    receptacle, container, holder, vessel, box, case
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Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps a diminutive of dialect pun ‘a pound’.

Pronunciation:

punnet

/ˈpʌnɪt/