Ripe cherries on the tree.
- 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.
- 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
- Slang: mildly vulgar
- ⌂ the hymen
Origin of cherryMiddle 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 in 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
- a. Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Prunus of the rose family, especially the sweet cherry or the sour cherry, 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 the 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 of cherryMiddle English cheri, from Anglo-Norman cherise, variant of Old French cerise, from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from *cerasia, from Greek kerasia, cherry tree, from kerasos.
- A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
- Prunus subg. Cerasus, trees or shrubs that bears cherries.
- The wood of a cherry tree.
- cherry red
- (slang) Virginity, especially female virginity as embodied by a hymen.
- (graph theory) A subtree consisting of a node with exactly two leaves.
Cherry includes, but is not limited to, the following species, of the genus Prunus: avium, cerasus, mahaleb, mazzard, pennsylvannica, pumila, serotina, serrulata, and virginiana. Prunus also includes plums.
(comparative more cherry, superlative most cherry)
- Containing or having the taste of cherries.
- Of a bright red colour.
- (informal, often of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.
From Middle English cheri (loanword from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French cherise (“cherry”)- compare Old French cerise, which gave modern French cerise and later English cerise from this). Compare Old English ciris (“cherry”), (from Late Latin ceresia), which died out after the Norman invasion and was replaced by the French-derived word.
The Middle English singular is a back-formation from Old Northern French cherise (“cherry”) (interpreted as a plural), from Vulgar Latin ceresia, a reinterpretation of the neuter plural of Late Latin ceresium, from Latin cerasium (cerasum, cerasus (“cherry tree”)), from Ancient Greek κεράσιον (kerasion, “cherry fruit”).
- A female given name, a pet form of Charity, also interpreted as a flower name.