Definition of cerise in US English:



  • A bright or deep red color.

    ‘a shade of vivid cerise’
    as modifier ‘a bright cerise suit’
    • ‘Poor Miss Fiorentini was left with microphone outstretched, her complexion rapidly turning the same colour as her Sunday-best jacket - bright cerise - and for once she was speechless.’
    • ‘We were driving around Speyside the other day looking for bonny purple heather and found that the hillsides were blanketed with the dull cerise of willow-herb.’
    • ‘There was a fabulous show of colour with pink, fuchsia, cerise and many shades of green standing out.’
    • ‘She sat front and center, her long, blood red hair dripping to the ground in beautifully combed strands of cerise.’
    • ‘The camellia family displays pinks in all their many shades, from coral to dark cerise.’
    • ‘Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by colours such as apricot, cherry, peach, cerise or carmine.’
    • ‘The EZ-Grips however are the complete opposite; they glow so bright they are almost cerise in colour.’
    • ‘Yuko looked stunning in a summer kimono of red and cerise with a cyan tie around the waist.’
    • ‘Its common name, star cluster, refers to the myriad little florets that combine to form the main flower, in shades of pink, mauve, white and cerise.’
    • ‘The fresh cerise against the camouflage gave the car the look of a drunk in the last stages of cirrhosis.’
    • ‘They are grown for the beautiful colours of their foliage: lemony green, pink, plum, cerise, chocolate, russet and flame.’
    • ‘The Hat Box collection at Debenhams in Davygate starts at £15 too, with a selection of classic straw styles in a rainbow of colours from cerise to cream.’
    • ‘Containers are planted with geraniums and petunias in Ann's favorite colors - pink, lavender, and cerise.’
    • ‘This year, the cerise and magenta pelagoniums I bought have all turned out to be bright red and wrecked my colour scheme (which was to have been plum, purple, cream and cerise / magenta).’
    • ‘They are offered as separate colours, pale pink, white, cerise and violet, or as a collection.’
    • ‘A lot of that has gone now, and hydrangeas come in all sorts of colours and not a few different designs, covering the whole spectrum from a dark navy-blue right through to pure white, on to pink and out the other side in a deep cerise.’
    • ‘Now, am I wrong to think that an argument between a boy and a girl over the difference between pink and cerise is the very definition of futility?’
    • ‘Then there is the resumption of the Lissadell and Texas Downs stations, which are these pieces at the bottom in pinkish colour, cerise.’
    • ‘Its two theatres - the Lyric and the Quays - are decorated in deep purple and deep cerise respectively, with lobbies in vibrant orange.’
    • ‘Its pinky-mauve flowers striped with cerise bloom in May and June on the previous season's wood, and again in August and September on this year's wood.’


Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘cherry’.