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

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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 Rachel’s statements, which many felt came off as classist, were just the cherry on top of a series of behaviors Rachel has engaged in which have caused public ire. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, "Your Allyship Is Performative If You Can’t Take Accountability," 5 Apr. 2021 The cool racerback looks are just the cherry on top. CNN Underscored, "Clothes for every body with Athleta," 31 Mar. 2021 The performance was the cherry on top of an already momentous first Grammys for Megan Thee Stallion, who was nominated for four awards, including Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion finally get to perform 'WAP' live together at the Grammys," 15 Mar. 2021 This Grammy 2021 performance is the cherry on top of what's been an exciting year for Megan Thee Stallion. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Grammys 2021: Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B Just Won the Night With Their Performance," 14 Mar. 2021 The sound quality is enough to make this the perfect home stereo system, but the cool LED lights are the cherry on top. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a blown speaker," 22 Feb. 2021 The Biden grandkids already had a show-stopping fashion day, so this is just the cherry on top. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Joe Biden's Grandkids and Daughter Ashley Stun in Glamorous Looks on Inauguration Night," 21 Jan. 2021 The highlight reel KOs are the cherry on top that proves his potential. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Next stage of Ryan Garcia’s career could come after Luke Campbell fight," 1 Jan. 2021 The 40% discount is merely the cherry on top, bringing these stylish sneakers from $80 to $48 as part of the sale. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Score huge discounts on Nike and Adidas sneakers as part of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale," 29 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Cherry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherry. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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