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
3 informal
a : hymen
b : virginity
4 informal : the burning end of a lit cigarette or cigar I'm horrified: Dag is burning holes in the roof of the car with the cherry of his cigarette.— Douglas Coupland "Oh lord. Be quiet and maybe he won't find me. Put out your cigarette, Ryder, he'll see the cherry."— Julie Buntin

Other Words from cherry

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

Examples of cherry in a Sentence

The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.
Recent Examples on the Web The generous fruit on the palate broadens, with cherry, apricot, Meyer lemon, and tangerine zest joining the party. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 This easy summer dinner mixes a bunch of bite-size ingredients like mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, and corn for a salad with variety in each bite. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 12 May 2022 Zucchini and cherry tomatoes are also included in the kabobs. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 May 2022 This spiny, shrubby plant produces showy white flowers and fruit that looks like cherry tomatoes and tastes like a cross between the two (cherries and tomatoes, that is). Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Typically, Smith said, a stem carries anywhere between 12 and 30 cherry tomatoes, and, in very strong growing seasons, perhaps 50. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 So, too, a hefty portion of juicy striped sea bass loin ($57) comes with crispy potato slices, cherry tomatoes and Taggiasche olives. John Mariani, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Northern Thai specialties include sai oua ($11), a pork sausage fragrant with lemongrass and makrut lime, and kanoom jeen nam ngew ($23), a tangy noodle soup loaded with pork, shrimp paste and cherry tomatoes. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2022 Squash blossoms and fresh anchovies and jewel-like cherry tomatoes appeared on the menu. Caitlin Raux Gunther, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Cherry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherry. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cherry

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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