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

Examples of cerise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delightfully, plant breeders have given us a wealth of choices—from blooms that appear in the softest pink shades to eye-popping cerise. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2024 The power of a red lipstick cannot be understated—a simple swipe of crimson or cerise has the ability to transform any look. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 Elena assisted her mother in the kitchen, stringing vivid cerise chiles to dry in the sun, grinding cumin seeds with a mortar and pestle, and dampening and heating tortillas. Mayukh Sen, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Users can choose from a number of bright colors, such as cerise, Caribbean, and flame. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2023 The bathing suit is marked down in 11 colors, including pastels like papaya pink and light blue, and vibrant hues such as bright cerise. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 15 July 2023 In the clip, the actor and beauty-brand entrepreneur is looking radiant, with glowing skin and a lip gloss that perfectly complements her cerise blouse. Marci Robin, Allure, 15 June 2023 Both scents come in cerise, orange, red, pink, pink pearl and chartreuse. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 25 Apr. 2023 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

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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

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“Cerise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerise. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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