[kran-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural cranberries.
the red, acid fruit or berry of certain plants of the genus Vaccinium, of the heath family, as V. macrocarpon (large cranberry or American cranberry) or V. oxycoccus (small cranberry or European cranberry) used in making sauce, relish, jelly, or juice.
the plant itself, growing wild in bogs or cultivated in acid soils, especially in the northeastern U.S.

1640–50, Americanism; < Low German kraanbere. See crane, berry Unabridged
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cranberry (ˈkrænbərɪ, -brɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  any of several trailing ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, such as the European V. oxycoccus, that bear sour edible red berries
2.  the berry of this plant, used to make sauce or jelly
[C17: from Low German kraanbere, from kraancrane + bereberry]

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Word Origin & History

1647, Amer.Eng. adaptation of Low Ger. kraanbere, from kraan "crane" + M.L.G. bere "berry," perhaps from a resemblance between the plants' stamens and the beaks of cranes. Ger. and Du. settlers in the New World apparently recognized the similarity between the European berries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and
the larger N.Amer. variety (V. macrocarpum) and transferred the name. In England, they were marshwhort or fenberries, but the N.Amer. berries, and the name, were brought over late 17c. The native Algonquian name for the plant is represented by W.Abenai popokwa.
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Example sentences
We sat at her kitchen bar for a spread of cranberry juice, coffee, and tea
In a hurry, as usual, she added green beans and cranberry sauce.
By submerging the vodka in cranberry juice, the consumer is effectively paying
  for nothing but the brand.
Not the cranberry sauce or the stuffing or even the pumpkin pie.
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