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.
- cherokee rose,
- cherries jubilee,
- cherry angioma,
- cherry birch,
- cherry bomb,
- cherry brandy,
- cherry coal
Origin of cherry
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.
There was the time he exploded a cherry bomb in a toilet at school and, as punishment, sent to France as an exchange student.
“You have to try my cherry banana shake,” waitress Trista says.
Extend your Fourth of July vacation with a trip to Traverse City, also known as the “cherry capital of the world.”
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|Sara Lieberman|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For his orchards, the king took apple, pear, and cherry trees from the orchards and gardens of Chertsey Abbey.
Presently she came out of her room, and Cherry fancied that her eyes looked rather tearful.Mother Meg|Catharine Shaw
Dyson and thou hadst better go together--or thou and Cherry.
Cherry had many friends, and it was just as likely as not that she would stop and gossip all along the bridge as she came home.
And as a little treat I'm going to give you some cherry pie that I made for the hedgehog.Uncle Wiggily's Adventures|Howard R. Garis
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.