cherry

noun
cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē How to pronounce cherry (audio) , ˈche-rē\
plural cherries

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 cherry
b : the fruit of a cherry
c : the reddish-brown wood of a cherry especially : black cherry sense 2
2 : a variable color averaging a moderate red
3a : hymen
b : virginity

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Other Words from cherry

cherrylike \ ˈcher-​ē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce cherrylike (audio) , ˈche-​rē-​ \ adjective

Examples of cherry in a Sentence

The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.

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Pops of cherry red, plus a few miniskirts (some sparkly, some solid), all tailored to perfection. Vogue, "Rashida and Kidada Jones on Throwing the Ultimate Sisters Soiree," 11 Dec. 2018 Serve in a 12-ounce glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Piña Colada Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 10 July 2018 This is the most important park project in all of San Francisco ... a cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Natural promise at city’s southeastern corner," 25 June 2018 But that as opposed to cherry-picking intelligence as opposed to not being skeptical about the intelligence. Fox News, "Two FBI agents sought to 'stop' Trump," 18 June 2018 Seemingly to generate such warped calculations, the appraisal prepared by Lee Sparrow in 1967—$40 million to $42 million—cherry-picked from the 1939 letter written by Roy Waldo Miner, the Museum of Natural History curator. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 These berries grow abundantly and taste something like a cross between a blueberry and a cherry with a hint of almond. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Recipe for food-producing garden," 20 Apr. 2018 The crisp white table was set with alternating white, red, and black fans paired with cherry red chopsticks and quickly filled with Chinese fare like shumai and a seemingly endless supply of noodles. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Yali Hosted a Chinese New Year Dinner and All the Guests Wore Robes," 6 Feb. 2019 Right now were at the tail end of cherry season (which lasts from May through August), so now's the time to make the most of the fruit. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "17 Delicious Ways to Cook With Cherries," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cherry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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cherry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cherry

: a small round fruit that is usually red or black
: a tree on which this fruit grows
: the wood of a cherry tree

cherry

noun
cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē How to pronounce cherry (audio) \
plural cherries

Kids Definition of cherry

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

cherry

noun
cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē How to pronounce cherry (audio) \
plural cherries

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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