1a small, soft round stone fruit that is typically bright or dark red:a bowl of cherries [as modifier]:cherry pie
2 (also cherry tree) the tree that bears the cherry.
Genus Prunus, family Rosaceae: several species, the edible kinds being derived from the sweet (or wild) cherry (P. avium) and the sour (or morello) cherry (P. cerasus)
(also cherrywood) [mass noun] the wood of the cherry tree.
used in names of unrelated plants with fruits similar to those of the cherry tree, e.g. cornelian cherry.
3 [mass noun] a bright deep red colour: [as modifier]:her mouth was a bright cherry redshe pulled up the collar of her cherry wool coat
4 (one's cherry) informal one’s virginity:only 3 per cent of the students lost their cherry at college
a bite at the cherry
British an attempt or opportunity to do something:the team had victory snatched from their grasp, and could well have had their last bite at the cherry
a bowl of cherries
[usually with negative] a very pleasant or enjoyable situation or experience:life isn’t exactly a bowl of cherries
the cherry on the cake (or on top)
a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good:the car is faster than a Ferrari, but the cherry on the cake is the price
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)