An example of something cherry-colored are Santa Claus' cheeks.
An example of a cherry is what goes on the top of an ice cream sundae.
A used car in cherry condition.
A cherry cabinet.
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.
- 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”).