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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Add cherries to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Seared Pork Chops with Cherries and Spinach," 20 May 2019 The family has responded by saying that the lawsuit is riddled with inaccurate and misleading statements and that Healey cherry picked from hundreds of internal documents to wrongly vilify the family for the public health crisis. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Parents press Harvard to remove Sackler name from art museum," 12 Apr. 2019 Close-ups of Harry’s hands showed that his fingernails were meticulously painted with black and teal polish, adding a pop of color to his entire ensemble — truly the vibrant cherry on top of an already dramatic look. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Wears Gucci Sheer Blouse at the Met Gala 2019," 6 May 2019 At the Christmas party, Sandy Loughren will make green drinks featuring limeade and vodka, with a cherry on top. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "America’s Aging Bridge Clubs Find Themselves Holding a Tough Hand," 29 Apr. 2019 My career transformation was the bonus cherry on top. Andrea Barrica, SELF, "How Owning My Sexuality Transformed My Career," 23 Apr. 2019 The black boots were definitely the cherry on top of this chic look. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 2019 Oh, and don’t forget the joint sunglasses line, which is just the cherry on top of everything so far. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Reveals Diddy Apologized to Alex Rodriguez After Leaving a Flirty Instagram Comment," 11 Apr. 2019 But Miguel fighting with Randall and Kevin was really the cherry on top. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Miguel After Watching the Latest Episode," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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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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