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noun,plural cher·ries.
  1. 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.

  2. the tree bearing such a fruit.

  1. the wood of such a tree.

  2. any of various fruits or plants resembling the cherry.

  3. bright red; cerise.

  4. Slang: Often Vulgar.

    • the hymen.

    • the state of virginity.

  5. Slang.

    • something new or unused.

    • a novice.

  6. Underworld Slang. a first offender.

  7. Bowling. the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.

  1. bright-red; cerise.

  2. (of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring: cherry pie; cherry soda.

  1. (of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.

  2. Slang: Often Vulgar. being a virgin.

  3. Slang.

    • new or unused: a three-year-old car in cherry condition.

    • inexperienced; being an innocent novice.

Origin of cherry

1300–50; Middle English cheri variant of chirie, back formation from Old English ciris- (taken for plural) ≪ Vulgar Latin *ceresium for *cerasium (Latin cerasum) <Greek kerásion cherry

Other words from cherry

  • cher·ry·like, adjective

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  1. Donald Eugene "Don", 1936–95, U.S. jazz trumpeter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for cherry


/ (ˈtʃɛrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. 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

  2. the fruit or wood of any of these trees

  1. any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry

    • a bright red colour; cerise

    • (as adjective): a cherry coat

  2. slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol

  3. (modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or wood: cherry tart

Origin of cherry

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

Derived forms of cherry

  • cherry-like, adjective

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