Definition of cherry in English:



  • 1A small, soft round stone fruit that is typically bright or dark red.

    ‘a bowl of cherries’
    [as modifier] ‘cherry pie’
    • ‘A mature Pinot will take on complex savoury aromas and flavours of cherries and red stone fruit, with a silky texture.’
    • ‘If you place food items such as raisins, cherries, grapes, apples, and bread on a low platform feeder or on the ground, you may be able to lure some robins into your yard.’
    • ‘Invest in a set of small plastic boxes for chopped fresh fruit, strawberries, grapes or cherries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plant foods vary from fruits to nuts, including wild grapes, cherries, apples, persimmons, berries, and acorns.’
    • ‘He couldn't believe his eyes when he found them dancing on their hind legs around a shrub blossoming with bright red cherries.’
    • ‘Today, his 47 acres have increased to more than 400 acres of pears, apples, and cherries.’
    • ‘My snack is Granny Smith apples, grapes or cherries and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese.’
    • ‘A few exceptions are made for fish and fruits that aren't generally grown in Alberta such as cherries, apples, pears, etc.’
    • ‘If you've ever suffered poor fruit sets of apples, cherries, cucumbers, melons, or strawberries, the reason might be too few honeybees.’
    • ‘In a large mixing bowl, combine cherries, blackberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and corn starch.’
    • ‘Opening up the fridge I dug out some fruit for breakfast and made a fruit platter of bananas, apples, pears, cherries and some left over strawberries, for both of us.’
    • ‘In 1920, Midwestern states produced a variety of crops such as apples, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and strawberries.’
    • ‘But he is an expert at picking apples, cherries and grapes and at pruning trees and vines.’
    • ‘One nurse cannot peel raw potatoes and the other cannot eat bananas, avocados, cherries, plums, nectarines, and peaches.’
    • ‘Almonds, plums, apples, cherries, and lemons are enjoyed in many households fresh off the trees in family gardens.’
    • ‘The immigrants used to work producing silk, but nowadays Willard is famous for its soft fruit, mainly cherries.’
    • ‘Garnish with slice of honeydew melon and cherries.’
    • ‘Similarly, substitute half a cup of cherries or an apple for snacks like cookies and candy bars.’
    • ‘But everything looks so good I can't resist; rosy nectarines, blushing apricots, and crisp, dark cherries.’
  • 2The tree that bears the cherry.

    • ‘It showed a cherry tree in bloom, with the white flowers sprouting and new branches growing on top of the old.’
    • ‘He went and sat under a cherry tree, and kicked back for a minute.’
    • ‘Perhaps little George did chop down the cherry tree.’
    • ‘And we found you this morning sitting against the cherry tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘The largest is a cherry tree, which is pruned to keep it in check, and there are vines, peaches, medlar and mulberry bushes to provide fruit.’
    • ‘The pattern is a Japanese seascape, mostly water and rocks, with a single cherry tree displaying thirteen blossoms.’
    • ‘There were assortments of flowers lining the driveway, and a beautiful cherry tree off to the right of the lawn.’
    • ‘Within no less than three days, a cherry tree sprouted from that very place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had eventually settled down for lunch underneath a blossomed cherry tree.’
    • ‘Some of the best known of these include the time he chopped down a cherry tree and the time he felled a bear using only a buck knife.’
    • ‘I wonder this as nature utterly ignores me, going about her business while paying no attention to the disheveled samurai under the cherry tree.’
    • ‘And as we stood in that hug, for what felt like an hour, out of the corner of my eye I saw Natalie stare at us from underneath a cherry tree.’
    • ‘Nylon netting draped over your cherry tree or blueberry bushes will keep birds away.’
    • ‘All the plants are coming into bloom as well so I was able to admire the sweet-peas and the cherry tree with the scent of mint and lavender in the air.’
    • ‘Even at night I can see that the cherry tree has blossomed.’
    • ‘I bought some starry lights for the cherry tree.’
    • ‘You might for example, plant pale violet tulips at the base of a pink-flowering cherry tree.’
    • ‘Callista paused, and cocked her head to look at a blooming cherry tree.’
    • ‘And they sat beneath the whipping cherry tree, holding each other's hands for encouragement.’
    1. 2.1[mass noun]The wood of the cherry tree.
      • ‘Mark leaned back in his chair and tapped his pen against his cherry oak desk.’
      • ‘A teak door with glass panels leads in to the entrance hall, which has cherrywood timber floors and recessed spotlighting.’
      • ‘The internal doors and kitchen units are cherrywood, while there are contemporary, fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms.’
      • ‘The cherrywood handle scales are very pleasing to the eye.’
      • ‘Features include an attractive semi-solid cherrywood floor, an antique cast iron and tiled fire place and French doors leading out to a courtyard.’
      • ‘She gripped the round top of the cherry bedpost that her father had fashioned so carefully.’
      • ‘Both of the penthouses have cherrywood internal doors, halls floored in marble and fully fitted kitchens.’
      • ‘The kitchen is fitted with polished cherrywood floorboards and an excellent range of matching wall and floor units with black granite worktops.’
      • ‘Upland woods contain red mulberry, slippery elm, white ash, and wild black cherry.’
      • ‘Weekend working parties had previously built a delightful chapel, furnished with articles made of birchwood and with an altar of cherrywood.’
      • ‘I'd entertained visions of matte black accessories, cherrywood paneling, and recessed lighting.’
      • ‘The furniture is made of beech or cherrywood and much of the upholstery is leather or suedette.’
      • ‘Upstairs, the master bedroom features a maple floor and fitted cherrywood wardrobes, while the remaining three bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes.’
      • ‘Our spoons are made of cherrywood and have beautifully carved handles with your choice of a heart or moon cut-out.’
      • ‘They then hired local woodworkers to create solid beech floors for the house and to build its doors and furniture from local cherrywood.’
      • ‘Inside, the hallway in each apartment is floored in Italian marble, while the internal doors are in cherrywood.’
      • ‘The master bedroom has a range of cherrywood built-in wardrobes and a red oak floor.’
      • ‘All of the rooms are accessed off a long entrance hall which, like much of the accommodation, is floored in cherrywood.’
      • ‘Made from cherrywood, this chair, the last of five versions, was designed for a fireside alcove.’
      • ‘The houses have fitted cherrywood kitchens, solid oak doors and skirtings and specially designed carved oak balustrades with full staircases.’
    2. 2.2Used in names of unrelated plants with fruits similar to those of the cherry tree, e.g. cornelian cherry.
      • ‘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.’
  • 3[mass noun] A bright deep red colour.

    [as modifier] ‘her mouth was a bright cherry red’
    ‘she pulled up the collar of her cherry wool coat’
    • ‘When purchasing red meat the flesh should be firm, cherry red in colour and finely grained.’
    • ‘This colour can range from washed-out orange and light salmon hues to vibrant day-glow and rich deep cherry pinks.’
    • ‘Red wines tend to go from cherry red to brick red to copper to brown.’
    • ‘Bright cherry red spots appear on the retinas of her eyes, and she is rendered blind.’
    • ‘His face had gone cherry red, and it seemed as though steam should have escaped his ears, but that hadn't happened.’
    • ‘When I had realized that I had voiced my thought aloud, I turned a helpless shade of cherry red and smiled sheepishly.’
    • ‘My face turned from cherry red to a deathly white.’
    • ‘She had a movie-star smile completed with cherry red lips and bright alabaster teeth.’
    • ‘My full pouty lips were always naturally cherry red.’
    • ‘The last four items were all lip glosses; she left them at my house all the time: cherry red, bubblegum pink, and two clear glosses that tasted like grapefruit.’
    • ‘She had out a bottle of cherry red nail polish and was applying the liquid as she spoke.’
    • ‘She had a porcelain doll complexion, cherry red lips, and the most gorgeous, almond shaped, dark brown eyes he had ever seen.’
    • ‘It was once cherry red, but now it was caked in mud.’
    • ‘I yelled, my cheeks taking their cherry red colouring again.’
    • ‘He stopped short and turned around, his face a shade of cherry red.’
    • ‘These are again very frightening to watch, as the exhaust pipes glow cherry red to orange in colour and the noise is indescribable.’
    • ‘Maroon, for example, or cherry red have much more blue in them than does brick red, but when set up with the right combinations of other colors, the mix can be stunning.’
    • ‘Avery's cheeks turned cherry red, and she quickly shuffled off.’
    • ‘That's when the foliage of many trees, shrubs, and vines starts to turn brilliant shades such as port, cherry red, and bonfire orange.’
    • ‘Nichole, the model for this style, has long fine tresses in a spectacular deep cherry hue with some subtle highlights.’
    scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-red
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  • 4informal One's virginity.

    ‘only 3 per cent of the students lost their cherry at college’


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 caper and pea).