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[suh-rees, -reez] /səˈris, -ˈriz/
adjective, noun
moderate to deep red.
Origin of cerise
From French, dating back to 1855-60; See origin at cherry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Send to cerise and tell her that I say she is to build you one immediately.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • cerise, a French name for a colour, is really the same as our cherry.

  • “I tell you again, Huckaback; I wish to have no more of cerise,” cried the pacha.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • cerise looked at me for one moment, screamed, and fell lifeless on the floor.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • From thence I repaired to Toulon, and found my dear cerise as beautiful and as fond as ever.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • And above all other possible colors she was wearing a cerise robe!

    The Orchard Secret

    Cleo Garis
  • But cerise knew, when Gaston let her to the ground again, that she had not conquered.

    The Trespasser, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The prettiest colours are cerise and brown;—commencing with the brown.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • Take off two stitches without knitting; knit six with the cerise.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • I'm not taking this stand because I'm cruel, cerise, but because I'm desperate.

British Dictionary definitions for cerise


/səˈriːz; -ˈriːs/
  1. a moderate to dark red colour
  2. (as adjective): a cerise scarf
Word Origin
C19: from French: cherry
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Word Origin and History for cerise

shade of red, 1858, from French cerise, from rouge-cerise "cherry-red," from cerise "cherry" (see cherry).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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