Definition of berry in English:



  • 1A small roundish juicy fruit without a stone.

    ‘juniper berries’
    as modifier ‘berry clusters’
    • ‘It has a freshly scented bouquet of pared Granny Smith apples, pears and ripe berries.’
    • ‘Using a mortar and pestle, mix the berries with the muscovado sugar and lime juice, crush roughly and leave to marinade with the purple basil leaves.’
    • ‘Spoon over reserved fruit juice. Garnish with berries and a sprig of mint.’
    • ‘Mix the peaches and berries with the caster sugar in a buttered one-litre pie dish.’
    • ‘Sloe gin is flavored with sloe berries instead of juniper, the flavoring in regular gin.’
    • ‘Add the remaining butter olives, caper berries, and parsley and mix to combine.’
    • ‘Add almost all of the remaining berries and strain the fruit, keeping all the juices.’
    • ‘The primary flavoring agent, the one used by all producers is the juniper berry.’
    • ‘The grapes are picked and deposited into small bins so none of the fruit - even the berries on the bottom - gets crushed.’
    • ‘Sweet sabayon is often used to accompany fresh berries or stone fruit.’
    • ‘Freezing berries and slices of strawberries and pineapple in ice cubes before dropping into glasses of good, ordinary white and red wines is another hot-day treat.’
    • ‘Libran foods and plants include many fruits - strawberry, peach, apple, autumn berries.’
    • ‘Good dietary sources are citrus fruits, berries, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes, as well as supplements.’
    • ‘The dark purple berries, fruit of the blackthorn, are best after the first frosts because they break down more easily.’
    • ‘Once firm, top with sweetened berries and aged balsamic vinegar, or lots of shavings of chocolate.’
    • ‘For breakfast I am to have muesli, yogurt and berries, which are all quite delicious.’
    • ‘Add the black peppercorns, juniper berries, thyme, rosemary, sage, lovage, and bay leaf.’
    • ‘Whether you are fortunate enough to have a garden bursting with ripening soft fruits, berries and currants, or whether you buy them at the shops, this is the time to indulge.’
    • ‘I have a friend that makes the most wonderful gooseberry ice-cream, using fresh berries and Greek yoghurt.’
    • ‘Game birds and waxwings eat the berries of cedars and junipers.’
    1. 1.1Botany Any fruit that has its seeds enclosed in a fleshy pulp, for example, a banana or tomato.
      • ‘They are present in grape berries and leaves where they occur mainly under glycoconjugated forms.’
      • ‘For the number of flowers, berries and seeds per fruit, ten inflorescences were used, each inflorescence sampling from a different vine or cutting.’
      • ‘The larvae hatch and grow in the fruit, destroying the berry.’
      • ‘A varied composition provides continuity of food supply for birds and small mammals, with seeds, fruits and berries ripening at different times.’
      • ‘Drupes and berries, the classic fleshy fruits, first appeared in the late Cretaceous or early Tertiary.’
      vine fruit
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2 Any of various kernels or seeds, such as the coffee bean.
      • ‘Red coffee berries are plucked from the tree and roasted on a griddle.’
      • ‘The scientists selected coffee fields for the test site because medflies love coffee berries.’
      • ‘Before coffee was ever roasted and brewed, the berries were fermented in water, creating a wine.’
      • ‘Curious, he followed them the next day and observed them eating the leaves and berries of the coffee tree.’
      • ‘If you take a cooked grain of brown rice, wheat berry, kernel of corn, potato, or bean you can separate the tough exterior from the creamy interior.’
      • ‘The parrots were released, and have thrived ever since -- happily munching down on the berry kernels of the cedar trees which line our streets.’
      • ‘The idea is to make the fungus thrive in the plant so that the coffee berry borer can become exposed to it.’
      • ‘Wheat berries are the mother grain from which pasta, bread, and flour are derived.’
      • ‘To serve, place a portion of the wheat berry salad over some of the baby spinach.’
      • ‘The tiny borer spends its entire larval life inside the coffee berry, which encases the seed, commonly known as the coffee bean.’
      • ‘Roast the corn berries over a smokeless fire in a corn-popper; keep shaking until every berry has burst.’
      • ‘The coffee is then pulped to remove the berry kernels and then the beans are dried.’
      • ‘These fussy foragers pick the best and ripest coffee berries.’
      • ‘Wheat berries contain the whole grain -- endosperm, bran and germ -- and that's what makes them so healthful.’
      • ‘As we meandered through the mountains north of San Jose, we passed through endless coffee plantations, the rows of dark plants heavy with berries.’
    3. 1.3 A fish egg or the roe of a lobster or similar creature.


[NO OBJECT]usually as noun berrying
  • Gather berries.

    ‘let's go berrying’
    • ‘She ate her meal, and then set off, pretending to go berrying.’
    • ‘The next afternoon he went berrying with a little boy who lived next door.’
    • ‘He rode about with Uncle Frank in the grocery wagon, he tended store, he fished, and went berrying.’
    • ‘After tea we went berrying.’
    • ‘When they could be spared from household duties the two girls went berrying with their brothers and Philip, or to the hayfield to lend a welcome hand.’


Old English berie, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bes and German Beere.