Cherry definition

chĕrē
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Cherry red.
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Made of cherry wood.
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The bright-red color of certain cherries.
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A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
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Containing or having the flavor of cherries.
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The hymen.
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Virginity.
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Prunus subg. Cerasus, trees or shrubs that bears cherries.
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(slang) Virginity, especially female virginity as embodied by a hymen.
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(graph theory) A subtree consisting of a node with exactly two leaves.
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(informal, often of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.
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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.

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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.

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(vulgar slang) The hymen considered as a symbol of virginity.
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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.
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The yellow, red, or blackish fruit of any of these plants.
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The wood of any of these plants, especially the black cherry.
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Any of various plants, such as the Barbados cherry or the cornelian cherry, having fruits resembling a cherry.
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Made of the wood of a cherry tree.

A cherry cabinet.

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Of a moderate or strong red to purplish red.
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A small, fleshy fruit containing a smooth, hard pit and ranging from yellow to very dark red, including sweet, sour, and duke cherries.
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Containing or having the taste of cherries.
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Of a bright red colour.
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A female given name, a pet form of Charity, also interpreted as a flower name.
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(soccer) Someone connected with AFC Bournemouth, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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(slang) New or like new.

A used car in cherry condition.

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Made with cherries.
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The wood of a cherry tree.
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A moderate or strong red to purplish red.
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Any of various prunus trees that bear this fruit.
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The wood of such a tree.
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Bright-red.
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Having a flavor like that of cherries.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cherry
Plural:
cherries

Origin of cherry

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary