ce·​rise | \ sə-ˈrēs How to pronounce cerise (audio) , -ˈrēz How to pronounce cerise (audio) \

Definition of cerise

: a moderate red

Examples of cerise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But don't fret, quite a few colors are still available (for now), including vibrant orange flame, red cerise, and bright blue Marseille. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Across a gravel path from the greenhouse is the potting shed, where Bamford stops to show me the jewel of her collection, Attar of Roses, a variety with narrow, daisylike petals in a pale, icy pink and deep cerise-colored stamens. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Her current approach, which can be seen on the feeds of in-the-know Angelenos, is gluten-, nut-, and grain-free, to suit her dietary restrictions, and comes in striking shades of blush, rose, and cerise. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2020 Queen Letizia wore an intricate tiara to the banquet and a formal cerise princess gown adorned with floral embroidery. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Oct. 2019 The word cherry originates in the northern French dialect word cherise (a variant of the standard modern French cerise), which was adopted into English after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Simon Horobin, Quartz, 10 Nov. 2019 Eye-popping colors — cerise pink, bright medium blue, lavender blue, straw yellow and Venetian red — added a summer’s lift to simple silhouettes that let the pleats do the talking. Washington Post, 20 June 2019 The coral lamp shade picks up the cerise and pink in the art work. Catherine Romano, WSJ, 15 June 2018 The satisfaction of cherry-picking his ideal French realtor — sassy Catherine, on her scooter — is more appetizingly celebrated with far aux cerises (a boldly original cherry flan). Miranda Seymour, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cerise

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cerise

French, literally, cherry, from Late Latin ceresia — more at cherry

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10 Oct 2021

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“Cerise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerise. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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