- The definition of cherry is bright red, or something made of this fruit or wood.
An example of something cherry-colored are Santa Claus' cheeks.
- Cherry is defined as a small, fleshy fruit that has a hard pit and ranges in color from yellow to deep, dark red, or the wood of the tree that bears this fruit.
An example of a cherry is what goes on the top of an ice cream sundae.
Ripe cherries on the tree.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a small, fleshy fruit containing a smooth, hard pit and ranging from yellow to very dark red, including sweet, sour, and duke cherries
- any of various prunus trees that bear this fruit
- the wood of such a tree
- the bright-red color of certain cherries
- ☆ the hymen
Origin: Middle English cheri ; from Anglo-French cherise (taken as plural ) ; from Old French cerise ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form ceresia ; from Classical Greek kerasion, cherry ; from kerasos, cherry tree ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form ker-; derived by the ancients from Cerasus, city on the Black Sea: the city's name is itself from the cherries grown inch(es) the area
- made of cherry wood
- made with cherries
- having a flavor like that of cherries
- Slang new or like new: a used car in cherry condition
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noun pl. cher·ries
- a. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Prunus, especially P. avium or P. cerasus, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having pink or white flowers and small juicy drupes.b. The yellow, red, or blackish fruit of any of these plants.c. The wood of any of these plants, especially black cherry.d. Any of various plants, such as the Barbados cherry or the cornelian cherry, having fruits resembling a cherry.
- A moderate or strong red to purplish red.
- Vulgar Slang The hymen considered as a symbol of virginity.
- Containing or having the flavor of cherries.
- Made of the wood of a cherry tree: a cherry cabinet.
- Of a moderate or strong red to purplish red.
Origin: Middle English cheri, from Anglo-Norman cherise, variant of Old French cerise, from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from *cerasia, from Greek kerasiā, cherry tree, from kerasos.
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