General English


  • noun a soft fruit of the Fragaria species, used as a dessert fruit, but also preserved as jam


  • The sweet, flavoursome and decorative fruit of a ground-creeping perennial plant, Fragaria x ananasa, generally conical, up to 5 cm long and consisting of a cluster of small fleshy globules, each of which has a single seed on the outer surface, around a central fleshy stem, with the remains of the calyx at the broad end. Eaten on their own with cream and possibly caster sugar or in made-up desserts, tarts, cakes and jams.


  • noun a prostitute who sells sex for drugs


  • noun a common red heart-shaped soft summer fruit, used in desserts and also preserved as jam


  • a taste or aroma associated with red wines from the Beaujolais and Burgundy regions of France or from the Rioja region of northern Spain

Origin & History of “strawberry”

The origins of strawberry have long puzzled etymologists. The two most plausible suggestions put forward are that the runners put out by strawberry plants, long trailing shoots that spread across the ground, reminded people of straws laid on the floor; and that word preserves a now defunct sense of straw, ‘small piece of straw or chaff’, supposedly in allusion to the fruit’s ‘chafflike’ external seeds.