Definition of cherry in English:


Syllabification: cher·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈCHerē

noun (plural cherries)

  • 1A small, round stone fruit that is typically bright or dark red. See also maraschino cherry.
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    • His mother would place a bowl of bright red cherries or shiny pistachios before us and we picked at the food as we chatted lazily.
    • In 1920, Midwestern states produced a variety of crops such as apples, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and strawberries.
    • My snack is Granny Smith apples, grapes or cherries and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese.
  • 2 (also cherry tree) The tree that bears the cherry.
    • Genus Prunus, family Rosaceae: several species, the edible fruits being derived from the mazzard (or sweet) cherry (P. avium) and the morello (or sour) cherry (P. cerasus)
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    • Nylon netting draped over your cherry tree or blueberry bushes will keep birds away.
    • You might for example, plant pale violet tulips at the base of a pink-flowering cherry tree.
    • Looking out across the pond one sees a cherry tree in palest pink, and, farther away, the glistening white trunks of an old birch tree.
  • 2.1The wood of the cherry tree.
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    • Upstairs, the master bedroom features a maple floor and fitted cherrywood wardrobes, while the remaining three bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes.
    • The cherrywood handle scales are very pleasing to the eye.
    • She gripped the round top of the cherry bedpost that her father had fashioned so carefully.
  • 2.2Used in names of plants unrelated to the cherry but with similar fruits, e.g., cornelian cherry.
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    • In 1922 Japanese cherries were planted in Sparkes Gully but in 1923 it was decided that all future plantings should be indigenous to South Australia.
    • Where resistance to oak root fungus is needed, try bush anemone, Catalina cherry, or spice bush.
  • 3A bright or deep red color: [as modifier]: her mouth was a bright cherry red
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    • When purchasing red meat the flesh should be firm, cherry red in colour and finely grained.
    • She had a movie-star smile completed with cherry red lips and bright alabaster teeth.
    • I yelled, my cheeks taking their cherry red colouring again.
  • 4 [in singular] vulgar slang The hymen, as representing a woman’s virginity.


a bowl of cherries

[usually with negative] A pleasant or enjoyable situation or experience: being in the band isn’t a bowl of cherries
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  • My life hasn't been, as Mary Jane would put it, a bowl of cherries.
  • Until that day, life had been a bowl of cherries with few pits.
  • History tells us that life as a rock star is far from a bowl of cherries.

pop someone's cherry

vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse with a girl or woman who is a virgin.


Middle English: from Old Northern French cherise, from medieval Latin ceresia, based on Greek kerasos 'cherry tree, cherry'. The final -s was lost because cherise was interpreted as plural (compare with caper2 and pea).

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