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 The nurses association said staffing numbers at Saint Vincent’s have been cherry-picked and their concerns been ignored since long before the pandemic. Lucas Phillips,, "800 nurses at Worcester’s Saint Vincent Hospital go on strike Monday morning; first such walkout in Mass. since 2017," 8 Mar. 2021 Terror groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS both have cherry-picked from Islam to justify their violent attacks, said Ali, who teaches counterterrorism at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "White nationalists are once again using Christian symbols to spread hate," 28 Feb. 2021 Yet many of academia’s defenders brush aside worries about dismissal campaigns and the lack of ideological diversity as little more than a collection of anecdotes cherry-picked to feed a right-wing moral panic. Eric Kaufmann, WSJ, "Academic Freedom Is Withering," 28 Feb. 2021 Marvel movies can get a little confusing at times, with the dense continuity, the minor retcons, and the looming lore of the comics, which is cherry-picked to form the canon of the MCU. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, "‘WandaVision’s’ Mysterious Chaos Magic, Explained," 27 Feb. 2021 In the Premier League, the top six could use their ESL riches to cement their position at the top and cherry-pick the best players from the rest, further weakening their rivals. Steve Mccaskill, Forbes, "Will Streaming Help European Super League Deliver Its Soccer Revolution?," 20 Apr. 2021 To make a citrus flag, fold the wheel around a maraschino cherry (think of the wheel as a taco). Rebekah Peppler, Los Angeles Times, "How to garnish a cocktail? Here’s your guide to the basics — with a twist," 2 Apr. 2021 The coffee bean is the pit, or stone, inside a cherry from the coffee plant. Kim Luongo,, "Is coffee healthy?," 29 Mar. 2021 The foyer has ceramic tiles in a black-and-white harlequin pattern and main stairs made of solid cherry. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.5M Ann Arbor home's landscape is replica of famous golf course grounds," 13 Mar. 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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“Cherry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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