- the fruit of any of various trees belonging to the genus Prunus, of the rose family, consisting of a pulpy, globular drupe enclosing a one-seeded smooth stone.
- the tree bearing such a fruit.
- the wood of such a tree.
- any of various fruits or plants resembling the cherry.
- bright red; cerise.
- Slang: Often Vulgar.
- the hymen.
- the state of virginity.
- something new or unused.
- a novice.
- Underworld Slang. a first offender.
- Bowling. the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.
- bright-red; cerise.
- (of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring: cherry pie; cherry soda.
- (of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.
- Slang: Often Vulgar. being a virgin.
- new or unused: a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
- inexperienced; being an innocent novice.
Origin of cherry
- Donald EugeneDon, 1936–95, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
Examples from the Web for cherry
But he had later received a call from the Cherry Creek School District saying she was not in class.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
There was the time he exploded a cherry bomb in a toilet at school and, as punishment, sent to France as an exchange student.Growing Up with Bart Simpson
August 31, 2014
“You have to try my cherry banana shake,” waitress Trista says.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
Extend your Fourth of July vacation with a trip to Traverse City, also known as the “cherry capital of the world.”America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
All over America, people are talking to Cherry Healey, a 33-year-old from West London, about their bottoms.Who’s That ‘Bum’ Girl? The Brit Telling Americans How To Wipe Their Asses
June 16, 2014
If she had said she was lonely because the cherry bookcase was in Paris, he could not have been more bewildered.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They are very good, always retaining the taste of the cherry.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The small cherries, called the Indian cherry, are frequent in this country.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
I tried to remember the most of it, but my head was whirling—and not from cherry rum, either.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
And stronger wings than these are plied in the cherry tree's service.
- any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stoneSee also bird cherry
- the fruit or wood of any of these trees
- any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
- a bright red colour; cerise
- (as adjective)a cherry coat
- slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
- (modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or woodcherry tart
Word Origin and History for cherry
c.1300, earlier in surname Chyrimuth (1266, literally "Cherry-mouth"); from Anglo-French cherise, from Old North French cherise (Old French, Modern French cerise, 12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from late Greek kerasian "cherry," from Greek kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. Mistaken in Middle English for a plural and stripped of its -s (cf. pea).
Old English had ciris "cherry" from a West Germanic borrowing of the Vulgar Latin word (cf. German Kirsch), but it died out after the Norman invasion and was replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures.