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Cherry (plural cherries)
  1. A red fruit with a single hard stone.
  2. The color of ripe cherries.
  3. Wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry.
  4. A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
  5. A tree or shrub that bears cherries.
  6. (slang) Virginity, particularly of a woman.


Cherry (comparative more Cherry, superlative most Cherry)

  1. Red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet.
  2. Of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies).
  3. Containing or having the taste of cherries.
  4. (informal, often of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.

Adjectives for Cherry

fermented; fiery; ripened; blushing; pale.

Derived terms

See also

black birch, Chinese lantern, gean, kirsch, marasca, morello, myrobalan, oxheart, sweet birch, tomatillo, tommyto


From Old English ciris (cherry), from Middle English (loanword from Old Northern French cherise (cherry)) cheri.

The Middle English singular is a folk-etymology from Old Northern French cherise (cherry) (interpreted as a plural), from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, a reinterpretation of the neuter plural of Late Latin ceresium, from Latin cerasium, from Ancient Greek κεράσιον (kerasion, cherry).



Cherry includes, but is not limited to, the following species, of the genus Prunus: avium, cerasus, mahaleb, mazzard, pennsylvannica, pumila, serotina, serrulata, and virginiana. Prunus also includes plums.

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