Origin of cereFrench cire from Classical Latin cera, wax from Classical Greek k?ros
transitive verbcered, cer′ing
transitive verbcered, cer·ing, ceres
Origin of cereMiddle English ceren, ciren from Old French cirer to cover with wax from Latin cērāre ; see cerate .
Origin of cereMiddle English sere from Old French cire from Medieval Latin cēra from Latin wax ; see cerate .
- (ornithology) A waxy protuberance at the base of the upper beak in certain birds.
(third-person singular simple present ceres, present participle cering, simple past and past participle cered)
- To wax; to cover or close with wax.