[suh-rees, -reez]

adjective, noun

moderate to deep red.

Origin of cerise

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at cherry
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Examples from the Web for cerise

Historical Examples of cerise

  • 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.

  • 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

  • “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

British Dictionary definitions for cerise



  1. a moderate to dark red colour
  2. (as adjective)a cerise scarf

Word Origin for cerise

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).

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