[ cher-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɛr i /

noun, plural cher·ries.


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

Related forms

cher·ry·like, adjective

Can be confused

chérie cherry

Definition for cherry (2 of 2)


[ cher-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɛr i /


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British Dictionary definitions for cherry


/ (ˈtʃɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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
  1. a bright red colour; cerise
  2. (as adjective)a cherry coat
slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
(modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or woodcherry tart

Derived Forms

cherry-like, adjective

Word Origin for 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
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