cherry

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noun cher·ry \ ˈcher-ē , ˈche-rē \

Definition of cherry

plural cherries
1 a :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 2
2 :a variable color averaging a moderate red
3 a :hymen

cherrylike

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Examples of cherry in a Sentence

  1. The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


CHERRY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cherry for English Language Learners

  • : a small round fruit that is usually red or black

  • : a tree on which this fruit grows

  • : the wood of a cherry tree


CHERRY Defined for Kids

cherry

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noun cher·ry \ ˈcher-ē \

Definition of cherry for Students

plural cherries
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

Medical Dictionary

cherry

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noun cher·ry \ ˈcher-ē \

medical Definition of cherry

plural cherries
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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