cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē, 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 , ˈche-​rē-​ \ adjective

Examples of cherry in a Sentence

The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.

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The novel features a large cast of characters and ambitious set pieces: a catastrophic flood, a dance recital, a cherry-blossom-viewing expedition, improvisational haiku writing and excruciating family interviews with potential husbands. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 Rancho Cordova Mayor Linda Budge loves cherry blossoms. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This mayor wants to beautify the freeway in her city with cherry blossoms | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Apr. 2018 In general, the nominations do a good job cherry-picking performances across a wide, occasionally baffling range: Laura Dern, a winner last year for Big Little Lies, as a woman remembering childhood abuse on the HBO movie The Tale. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 Axios is hardly the only political observer that sometimes exaggerates or cherry-picks polling data to pull the excited or the frightened into a click. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "How to Interpret 2018 Polls Without Fooling Yourself," 10 July 2018 Although some aspects of the president’s tweet are based in truth, the overall sentiment is an exaggeration that cherry-picks from the poll, said Spencer Kimball, an adviser to Emerson College Polling. J.d. Capelouto,, "Trump tweeted about an Emerson College poll. But his facts weren’t quite right," 10 July 2018 Disney’s habit of cherry-picking Broadway phenoms to work in the realm of animation started, really, with Howard Ashman. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Inside the Tragedy and Triumph of Disney Genius Howard Ashman," 20 Apr. 2018 Stop by the local artisanal soda shop for 50 cents off a cherry lemonade. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 Tzuyu and Chaeyong, on the other hand, took on the boldest hues with deep turquoise and cherry red, respectively. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 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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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


cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē \
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


cher·​ry | \ ˈcher-ē \
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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