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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For my music, my aspirations are for things to get deeper and smarter, and if the melodies can still be beautiful then that's a cherry on top for sure. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Is Drinking Wheat Grass, Taking Spin Classes, Being Extra, and Loving It," 7 Feb. 2019 The flavors, too, veer dark -- think dusty red berry, medicinal cherry and tea leaf. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "The rebranding of organic wine," 28 June 2018 For sale are cherry, green apple, orange, grape, lemon and strawberry cream candy canes. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Last-minute Valentine's Day shoppers: Have a heart at Doscher's," 14 Feb. 2018 Cabinets are cherry in a style that places a premium on precision woodworking with crown molding as well as inset doors and drawers. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 20 Barnes Hill Road, Burlington," 11 Jan. 2018 Chuck Berry was laid to rest last year, his beloved cherry-red Gibson bolted to the coffin. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fall of Gibson: Where have all the guitar heroes gone?," 7 May 2018 Blake, who arrived at the interview in a Chicago Bulls hoodie and track pants, has been commissioned through Project FIRE to make 23 intricate cherry-red bull heads out of glass. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Shot on the streets of Chicago as teens, they're heading to D.C. to protest gun violence," 22 Mar. 2018 The tallest ones brushed doors and windows of Dupont Row, condos facing the interior of the alley, and had smashed a cherry-red Volkswagen with a retractable roof. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Photos of the historic Jackson Tree felled by powerful storm winds in D.C.," 3 Mar. 2018 Then SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket toward orbit around Mars on a demonstration mission — carrying Musks’s very own cherry-red Tesla Roadster as part of the payload. Fortune, "Elon Musk Continues to Befuddle Planet Earth. But Has He Taken On Too Much?," 9 Feb. 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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The first known use of cherry was in the 14th century

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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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