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 cherryb : the fruit of a cherryc : the reddish-brown wood of a cherry; especially : black cherry 2
2 : a variable color averaging a moderate red
cherrylikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of cherry in a Sentence
The kitchen cabinets are made of cherry.
Recent Examples of cherry from the Web
Michigan produces almost 75 percent of tart cherries in the U.S.
That wasn’t the cherry on top for Holmgren, rather the main course.
The place is famous for Sakura-cherry-blossom mountain as a world heritage site.
A: Athletes have been using tart cherry juice for post-exercise muscle pain, to reduce inflammation and to promote endurance (Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, June 2014).
Located at 6 Roosevelt Road, Ironwood Brewing opened for business in August 2013, according to its website, which also states that local ingredients used in the brewing process have included blueberries, cherries, honey and hops.
But its visibility makes its marketers a target in a way that doesn’t apply to cherry farmers.
If your Dad is the toast of the town, help him mix a sweet whiskey smash or a mean Manhattan with homemade cocktail cherries.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CHERRY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cherry for Students
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 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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