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 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, "April Valencia’s Homemade Pink Tortillas Are the Feel-Good Treat of the Summer," 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, "So Many Royal Tiaras Were on Display at Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement in Japan," 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, "Five words in the English language people usually use incorrectly," 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, "Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows," 20 June 2019 The coral lamp shade picks up the cerise and pink in the art work. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Uncluttered Doesn’t Mean Empty: Lessons From a Décor Pro," 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, "France’s Love Affair With Food," 2 Feb. 2018 Lip Gloss The Baby Collection includes three new lip gloss singles: Milf (a deep cerise), Night Nurse (strong navy blue), and Stroller (glittering orange). Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Predicting the Inevitable Kylie Cosmetics Baby Collection," 23 Sep. 2017 Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Wadable water; Rim Shoals has been hot spot; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms (particularly cerise) and sowbugs. Bruce Janssen, kansascity, "Fishing report for July 20," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of cerise

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cerise

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

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22 Aug 2020

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“Cerise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerise. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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