noun, plural ber·ries.
- any small, usually stoneless, juicy fruit, irrespective of botanical structure, as the huckleberry, strawberry, or hackberry.
- Botany. a simple fruit having a pulpy pericarp in which the seeds are embedded, as the grape, gooseberry, currant, or tomato.
- a dry seed or kernel, as of wheat.
- the hip of the rose.
- one of the eggs of a lobster, crayfish, etc.
- the berries, Older Slang. someone or something very attractive or unusual.
verb (used without object), ber·ried, ber·ry·ing.
- to gather or pick berries: We went berrying this morning.
- to bear or produce berries.
- Charles Edward AndersonChuck, born 1926, U.S. rock-‘n’-roll singer, musician, and composer.
- Also Ber·ri. a former province in central France.
noun plural -ries
- any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
- botany an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
- any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
- the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal
verb -ries, -rying or -ried (intr)
- to bear or produce berries
- to gather or look for berries
- (ˈbɛrɪ) Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry . born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), “Memphis, Tennessee” (1959), and “Promised Land” (1964)
- (French bɛri) Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts
Old English berie, from Proto-Germanic *basjom (cf. Old Norse ber, Middle Dutch bere, German Beere “berry;” Old Saxon winber, Gothic weinabasi “grape”), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.
- A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe pome. See more at simple fruit.
- A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.