Definition of cherry
1a : any of numerous trees and shrubs (genus Prunus) of the rose family that bear pale yellow to deep red or blackish smooth-skinned drupes enclosing a smooth seed and that include some cultivated for their fruits or ornamental flowers — compare sour cherry, sweet cherryb : the fruit of a cherryc : the reddish-brown wood of a cherry; especially : black cherry 2
2 : a variable color averaging a moderate red
cherrylikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of cherry in a Sentence
The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.
Recent Examples of cherry from the Web
Scientists believe that cherries have anti-inflammatory activity similar to that of over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen (Medicine and Sport Science, online, Oct. 15, 2012).
As home secretary, May succeeded in cherry picking EU policies But can her strategy translate into victory in Brexit talks?
But its visibility makes its marketers a target in a way that doesn’t apply to cherry farmers.
If your Dad is the toast of the town, help him mix a sweet whiskey smash or a mean Manhattan with homemade cocktail cherries.
Here, turning fresh cherry tomatoes into a sweet-and-savory shrub intensifies their flavors.
The Hi-Ho Lounge was packed tighter than a jar of maraschino cherries Saturday (May 27) night for a pulsingly poignant event.
For example, instead of an invasive Callery pear tree, the app suggests non-native flowering trees, including other small flowering trees, such as Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Cornus mas) or the native Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis).
Bar Goto's signature drink is a Japanese interpretation of a martini with sake as the foundation and a cherry blossom floating Ophelia-ishly in the cold, clear liquid.
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Origin and Etymology of cherry
Middle English chery, from Anglo-French cherise, cirice (taken as a plural), from Late Latin ceresia, from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasos
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CHERRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cherry for English Language Learners
: a small round fruit that is usually red or black
: a tree on which this fruit grows
: the wood of a cherry tree
CHERRY Defined for Kids
Definition of cherry for Students
1 : the small round yellow to deep red smooth-skinned fruit of a tree that is related to the plum tree
2 : a medium red
Medical Definition of cherry
1: any of numerous trees and shrubs (genus Prunus) of the rose family that bear pale yellow to deep red or blackish smooth-skinned drupes enclosing a smooth seed and that belong to any of several varieties including some cultivated for their fruits or ornamental flowers
2: the fruit of a cherry
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