- 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
Related Wordsrose, flaming, maroon, glowing, cardinal, crimson, coral, wine, pink, cherry, sanguine, carmine, brick, blooming, blush, rust, copper, russet, puce, bittersweet
Examples from the Web for cherries
The massive automobile and bank bailouts were the cherries on top.Assuming GOP Does Take the Senate, Dems Have Nothing to Fear
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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
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
- 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 cherries
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.