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 \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of cherry in a Sentence

The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.

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Home & GardenOrnamental cherry trees bring a waterfall of blooms High Line plantings look like wild landscapes, but with greatly improved aesthetics. Pam Peirce,, "Manhattan’s High Line park offers lessons for SF greenbelts," 15 June 2018 Onto this go a few live (inedible) cherry blossoms, pilfered from dining-room arrangements, and three small branches on a wabi-sabi slant. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 Not for sending another cherry-red Tesla into space, but for gaining some major accolades from the Air Force. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 The new Luby's Cafeteria offers a more contemporary look and feel with classic features that include granite surfaces, exposed wood ceilings, terrazzo floors and cherry wood walls. Houston Chronicle, "Luby’s Kitchen Table," 27 June 2018 Anyone can use fruit to make a sweet dish: apple brown betty, strawberry parfait, cherry pie. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 According to Live Science’s Laura Geggel, the archaeologists discovered evidence of a wide range of foods, including herring, eel, cod, apples, raspberries, cherries and rye bread. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 For dessert, Docks offers a homemade double chocolate chip cookie, topped vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a cherry and served warm called the chocolate chip cookie skillet. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda," 6 July 2018 And suddenly it's grown to include everything from pork and cheese and apples and cherries and maple syrup. Fox News, "Ari Fleischer: Trump wanted a trade war, he's getting one," 3 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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