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[cher-ee] /ˈtʃɛr i/
Donald Eugene ("Don") 1936–95, U.S. jazz trumpeter. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for donald cherry


noun (pl) -ries
any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stone See 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
  1. a bright red colour; cerise
  2. (as adjective): a cherry coat
(slang) virginity or the hymen as its symbol
(modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or wood: cherry tart
Derived Forms
cherry-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Old English ciris (mistakenly thought to be plural), ultimately from Late Latin ceresia, perhaps from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasios
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Word Origin and History for donald 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for donald cherry



  1. Virgin; sexually uninitiated: She confessed she was cherry
  2. In an unproved or maiden state of any sort: He hasn't published anything yet; still cherry


In mint condition; pristine: Mint is what I'm saying. Cherry/ including cherry restorations of Belairs and Fairlanes from the Fifties (1950s+ Hot rodders)


  1. A virgin, of either sex (1935+)
  2. Virginity: Does he still have his cherry? (1928+)
  3. The hymen
  4. An inexperienced soldier sent to the front lines as a replacement: A Cherry who survived long enough earned the right to harass the next rookie (Army)

Related Terms

cop a cherry, have one's cherry, pop someone's cherry

[sexual senses fr the fancied resemblance between the hymen and a cherry]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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