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Adapted in the 1640s from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German Kraanbeere, from Kraan m, which means and is cognate to crane + Beere f, which means and is cognate to berry.


cranberry (plural cranberries)

  1. A shrub belonging to the subgenus oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium, consisting of four species.
  2. The red berry of that shrub.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.


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cranberry (not comparable)

  1. Of the intense red colour of a cranberry.
    • 2011, Tim LaHaye, ‎Jerry B. Jenkins, Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
      Leon was in his most resplendent, gaudiest, Day-Glo getup, including a purple felt fez with multiple hangy-downs and a cranberry vestment with gold collar, appliquéd with every religious symbol known to man []