Definition of cherry in English:

cherry

noun

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

    • ‘My snack is Granny Smith apples, grapes or cherries and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese.’
    • ‘Garnish with slice of honeydew melon and cherries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But everything looks so good I can't resist; rosy nectarines, blushing apricots, and crisp, dark cherries.’
    • ‘A few exceptions are made for fish and fruits that aren't generally grown in Alberta such as cherries, apples, pears, etc.’
    • ‘He couldn't believe his eyes when he found them dancing on their hind legs around a shrub blossoming with bright red cherries.’
    • ‘Invest in a set of small plastic boxes for chopped fresh fruit, strawberries, grapes or cherries.’
    • ‘But he is an expert at picking apples, cherries and grapes and at pruning trees and vines.’
    • ‘Plant foods vary from fruits to nuts, including wild grapes, cherries, apples, persimmons, berries, and acorns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 a large mixing bowl, combine cherries, blackberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and corn starch.’
    • ‘Today, his 47 acres have increased to more than 400 acres of pears, apples, and cherries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you've ever suffered poor fruit sets of apples, cherries, cucumbers, melons, or strawberries, the reason might be too few honeybees.’
    • ‘One nurse cannot peel raw potatoes and the other cannot eat bananas, avocados, cherries, plums, nectarines, and peaches.’
    • ‘A mature Pinot will take on complex savoury aromas and flavours of cherries and red stone fruit, with a silky texture.’
    • ‘In 1920, Midwestern states produced a variety of crops such as apples, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and strawberries.’
    • ‘Similarly, substitute half a cup of cherries or an apple for snacks like cookies and candy bars.’
  • 2The tree that bears the cherry.

    • ‘I bought some starry lights for the cherry tree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 they sat beneath the whipping cherry tree, holding each other's hands for encouragement.’
    • ‘And we found you this morning sitting against the cherry tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It showed a cherry tree in bloom, with the white flowers sprouting and new branches growing on top of the old.’
    • ‘Within no less than three days, a cherry tree sprouted from that very place.’
    • ‘Even at night I can see that the cherry tree has blossomed.’
    • ‘Perhaps little George did chop down 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went and sat under a cherry tree, and kicked back for a minute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Callista paused, and cocked her head to look at a blooming cherry tree.’
    • ‘They had eventually settled down for lunch underneath a blossomed cherry tree.’
    1. 2.1 The wood of the cherry tree.
      • ‘A teak door with glass panels leads in to the entrance hall, which has cherrywood timber floors and recessed spotlighting.’
      • ‘All of the rooms are accessed off a long entrance hall which, like much of the accommodation, is floored in cherrywood.’
      • ‘They then hired local woodworkers to create solid beech floors for the house and to build its doors and furniture from local cherrywood.’
      • ‘Mark leaned back in his chair and tapped his pen against his cherry oak desk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inside, the hallway in each apartment is floored in Italian marble, while the internal doors are in cherrywood.’
      • ‘Weekend working parties had previously built a delightful chapel, furnished with articles made of birchwood and with an altar of cherrywood.’
      • ‘Upland woods contain red mulberry, slippery elm, white ash, and wild black cherry.’
      • ‘The furniture is made of beech or cherrywood and much of the upholstery is leather or suedette.’
      • ‘I'd entertained visions of matte black accessories, cherrywood paneling, and recessed lighting.’
      • ‘Our spoons are made of cherrywood and have beautifully carved handles with your choice of a heart or moon cut-out.’
      • ‘She gripped the round top of the cherry bedpost that her father had fashioned so carefully.’
      • ‘The kitchen is fitted with polished cherrywood floorboards and an excellent range of matching wall and floor units with black granite worktops.’
      • ‘Both of the penthouses have cherrywood internal doors, halls floored in marble and fully fitted kitchens.’
      • ‘Upstairs, the master bedroom features a maple floor and fitted cherrywood wardrobes, while the remaining three bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes.’
      • ‘The houses have fitted cherrywood kitchens, solid oak doors and skirtings and specially designed carved oak balustrades with full staircases.’
      • ‘The internal doors and kitchen units are cherrywood, while there are contemporary, fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms.’
      • ‘The master bedroom has a range of cherrywood built-in wardrobes and a red oak floor.’
      • ‘Made from cherrywood, this chair, the last of five versions, was designed for a fireside alcove.’
    2. 2.2 Used in names of plants unrelated to the cherry but with similar fruits, 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.’
  • 3A bright deep red color.

    as modifier ‘her mouth was a bright cherry red’
    • ‘When I had realized that I had voiced my thought aloud, I turned a helpless shade of cherry red and smiled sheepishly.’
    • ‘This colour can range from washed-out orange and light salmon hues to vibrant day-glow and rich deep cherry pinks.’
    • ‘His face had gone cherry red, and it seemed as though steam should have escaped his ears, but that hadn't happened.’
    • ‘My full pouty lips were always naturally cherry red.’
    • ‘Bright cherry red spots appear on the retinas of her eyes, and she is rendered blind.’
    • ‘She had a movie-star smile completed with cherry red lips and bright alabaster teeth.’
    • ‘He stopped short and turned around, his face a shade of 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.’
    • ‘Red wines tend to go from cherry red to brick red to copper to brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's when the foliage of many trees, shrubs, and vines starts to turn brilliant shades such as port, cherry red, and bonfire orange.’
    • ‘I yelled, my cheeks taking their cherry red colouring again.’
    • ‘My face turned from cherry red to a deathly white.’
    • ‘When purchasing red meat the flesh should be firm, cherry red in colour and finely grained.’
    • ‘She had out a bottle of cherry red nail polish and was applying the liquid as she spoke.’
    • ‘These are again very frightening to watch, as the exhaust pipes glow cherry red to orange in colour and the noise is indescribable.’
    • ‘Avery's cheeks turned cherry red, and she quickly shuffled off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 in singular One's virginity.

    virginity, honour, maidenhood, maidenhead, chastity, chasteness, purity, pureness, lack of sin, sinlessness, spotlessness, wholesomeness, innocence, decency, virtuousness, respectability, dignity, modesty
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Phrases

  • a bowl of cherries

    • usually with negativeA pleasant or enjoyable situation or experience.

      ‘being in the band isn't a bowl of cherries’
      • ‘It isn't a bowl of cherries being outdoors - though turkeys are fairly hardy.’
      • ‘It is said that ‘life is just a bowl of cherries.’’
      • ‘My life hasn't been, as Mary Jane would put it, a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘History tells us that life as a rock star is far from a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘Let's first acknowledge the fact that life has never been a bowl of cherries - for either women or men.’
      • ‘Until that day, life had been a bowl of cherries with few pits.’
      • ‘It just goes to show that even when life is a bowl of cherries, the pits may not be far away.’
      • ‘Life may be just a bowl of cherries, with lots of cherry pits for us to chip our teeth on under the soft, sweet fruit.’
      • ‘Step inside my family life a little, maybe then you won't think everything's such a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘It's not a big bunch of roses or a bowl of cherries out here right now.’
  • pop someone's cherry

    • vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse with someone who is a virgin.

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

cherry

/ˈCHerē//ˈtʃɛri/