ce·​rise sə-ˈrēs How to pronounce cerise (audio) -ˈrēz How to pronounce cerise (audio)
: a moderate red

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kate dazzled onlookers in a floor-length gilded gown by Jenny Packham and was photographed chatting with Daniel Craig, who looked dapper in a double-breasted cerise velvet tuxedo jacket by Anderson & Sheppard over a white shirt and black bow tie. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 20 May 2022 Plus, shoppers can choose from a number of bright colors, including artichaut, cerise, and licorice. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 As the visual introduction to the rest of the house, the cerise entrance gives an inkling of the rich colors beyond. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 9 May 2022 McMillan laced herself up with Bowie-esque flair: all cerise eye-shadow, quiffed hair, and Gloss Bombed lips. Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 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 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cerise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


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

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cerise was in 1838

Dictionary Entries Near cerise

Cite this Entry

“Cerise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerise. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on cerise

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love It or Hate It

  • heart-fire
  • When asked about her blind date, Carol spoke for hours with vitriol.
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?