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perry

[per-ee] /ˈpɛr i/
noun, plural perries.
1.
a fermented beverage similar to cider, made from the juice of pears.
Origin of perry
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pereye < Middle French perey, variant of pereVulgar Latin *pirātum (Latin pir(a) pear + -ātum, neuter of -ātus -ate1)

Perry

[per-ee] /ˈpɛr i/
noun
1.
Antoinette, 1888–1946, U.S. actress, theatrical manager, and producer.
2.
Bliss, 1860–1954, U.S. educator, literary critic, and editor.
3.
Frederick John ("Fred") 1909–1995, British tennis player.
4.
Matthew Calbraith
[kal-breyth] /ˈkæl breɪθ/ (Show IPA),
1794–1858, U.S. commodore.
5.
his brother, Oliver Hazard, 1785–1819, U.S. naval officer.
6.
Ralph Barton, 1876–1957, U.S. philosopher and educator.
7.
a male given name: from a Middle English word meaning “pear tree.”.
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  • Fred caught from perry the spirit of the new era in farming.

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  • No Miss perry appeared; and it seemed, at first, that the mission boys were to have no teacher.

  • “Then we shall never be able to get away,” said perry despondently.

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  • "Can't poison you with much more of it," Miss perry interrupted him, indulgently.

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  • “I hardly feel like taking all this,” Mrs. perry said as she looked at the rabbits and turkeys the boys left.

British Dictionary definitions for perry

perry

/ˈpɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
alcoholic drink made of pears, similar in taste to cider
Word Origin
C14 pereye, from Old French peré, ultimately from Latin pirum pear

Perry

/ˈpɛrɪ/
noun
1.
Fred(erick John). 1909–95, English tennis and table-tennis player; world singles table-tennis champion (1929); as a tennis player he won eight Grand Slam singles titles including the US Open three times (1933–34, 1936) and Wimbledon three times (1934–36)
2.
Grayson. born 1960, English potter, embroiderer, and film-maker; won the Turner Prize (2003).
3.
Matthew Calbraith. 1794–1858, US naval officer, who led a naval expedition to Japan that obtained a treaty (1854) opening up Japan to western trade
4.
his brother, Oliver Hazard. 1785–1819, US naval officer. His defeat of a British squadron on Lake Erie (1813) was the turning point in the War of 1812, leading to the recapture of Detroit
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Word Origin and History for perry

Perry

surname attested from late 12c., literally "dweller by the pear tree."

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