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 Smoky bacon and cherry tomatoes blend beautifully with the cider vinegar to create a warm vinaigrette that cuts the richness of the chicken thighs in this easy, flavorful dish. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The right vinegar and the best technique for making a delicious vinegar chicken," 3 Mar. 2021 The ooey-gooey dish—roughly composed of whole cherry tomatoes, a short noodle, garlic, basil, and a big ol’ block of cheese—has been blasted all over the For You pages of millennials and Gen Z’ers for weeks now. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What Makes a Food Go Viral? Inside the Explosive Popularity of TikTok’s Feta Pasta," 1 Mar. 2021 Dishes to share with the table include tasty plates such as the Delice de Bourgogne cheese with strawberry preserves; crispy artichokes; and the burrata with cherry tomatoes and Genovese Basil Pesto. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, "Upscale Dining And Ambiance At Restoration Hardware’s Rooftop Restaurant In Corte Madera," 26 Feb. 2021 The dish is simple: add cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a baking pan, then place a block of feta cheese in the middle. Lydia Wang,, "Is Feta Cheese Really Selling Out Thanks To This Viral TikTok Pasta Dish?," 11 Feb. 2021 The announcement came a day after the FDA proposed a rule to revoke the standards of identity for cherry pie, citing similar reasons. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "The FDA wants to get rid of its rules governing the identity of French dressing," 18 Dec. 2020 Tempranillo Our tasting panel detected candied flavors, cherry pie, cinnamon, cranberry, and specifically Luxardo cherries. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Rosé guide: What’s it about? 15 wines to consider - prices, flavor," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent shoppers call this organizer easy to install, versatile and a total game changer for keeping things neat, making the sale price merely the cherry on the top. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 28 Jan. 2021 That’s a bitter cherry on top of a momentous announcement. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Intel's first Xe graphics cards won't work in AMD systems," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Cherry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 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


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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