noun, plural cher·ries.
- the hymen.
- the state of virginity.
- something new or unused.
- a novice.
- new or unused: a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
- inexperienced; being an innocent novice.
Origin of cherry
Related Words for cherriesrose, flaming, maroon, glowing, cardinal, crimson, coral, wine, pink, cherry, sanguine, carmine, brick, blooming, blush, rust, copper, russet, puce, bittersweet
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Contemporary Examples of cherries
The massive automobile and bank bailouts were the cherries on top.Assuming GOP Does Take the Senate, Dems Have Nothing to Fear
Veronique de Rugy
November 1, 2014
They taste of red and black berries, currants, cranberries, strawberries, mulberries and cherries, tart and sweet.The Drink All You Want Holiday Wine
December 21, 2013
And most American exports consist of goods like grains, or cherries, or electric turbines, or airplanes.Give Me Your Studious: American Universities Are Prolific Exporters
August 22, 2013
In its first promotion Tmall.com sold 110 tons of cherries -- about the weight of a Boeing 757.Chinese Consumers Are Buying Cherries Directly From American Farmers
August 17, 2013
The Daily Pic: In Basel, Marijke van Warmerdam's cherries sell themselves.If Vermeer Hit Madison Ave.
June 13, 2013
Historical Examples of cherries
What is this about the cherries and the old gardener, Charles?
My lady, these cherries are a present from the old gardener to Miss Delacour.
Cherries also may be dried in the sun, first taking out all the stones.
Then pour the cherries into a bag, and strain and press out all the juice.
Add the cherries (stoned), and stew for a quarter of an hour.The Skilful Cook
noun plural -ries
- a bright red colour; cerise
- (as adjective)a cherry coat
Word Origin 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.