Definition of cherry in US English:

cherry

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A mature Pinot will take on complex savoury aromas and flavours of cherries and red stone fruit, with a silky texture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he is an expert at picking apples, cherries and grapes and at pruning trees and vines.’
    • ‘If you've ever suffered poor fruit sets of apples, cherries, cucumbers, melons, or strawberries, the reason might be too few honeybees.’
    • ‘In 1920, Midwestern states produced a variety of crops such as apples, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and strawberries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, substitute half a cup of cherries or an apple for snacks like cookies and candy bars.’
    • ‘Today, his 47 acres have increased to more than 400 acres of pears, apples, and cherries.’
    • ‘A few exceptions are made for fish and fruits that aren't generally grown in Alberta such as cherries, apples, pears, etc.’
    • ‘One nurse cannot peel raw potatoes and the other cannot eat bananas, avocados, cherries, plums, nectarines, and peaches.’
    • ‘My snack is Granny Smith apples, grapes or cherries and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese.’
    • ‘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 everything looks so good I can't resist; rosy nectarines, blushing apricots, and crisp, dark cherries.’
    • ‘Plant foods vary from fruits to nuts, including wild grapes, cherries, apples, persimmons, berries, and acorns.’
    • ‘The immigrants used to work producing silk, but nowadays Willard is famous for its soft fruit, mainly cherries.’
    • ‘Almonds, plums, apples, cherries, and lemons are enjoyed in many households fresh off the trees in family gardens.’
    • ‘Garnish with slice of honeydew melon and cherries.’
  • 2The tree that bears the cherry.

    Genus Prunus, family Rosaceae: several species, the edible fruits being derived from the mazzard (or sweet) cherry (P. avium) and the morello (or sour) cherry (P. cerasus)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might for example, plant pale violet tulips at the base of a pink-flowering cherry tree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And they sat beneath the whipping cherry tree, holding each other's hands for encouragement.’
    • ‘He went and sat under a cherry tree, and kicked back for a minute.’
    • ‘Even at night I can see that the cherry tree has blossomed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nylon netting draped over your cherry tree or blueberry bushes will keep birds away.’
    • ‘Callista paused, and cocked her head to look at a blooming cherry tree.’
    • ‘I bought some starry lights for the cherry tree.’
    • ‘Within no less than three days, a cherry tree sprouted from that very place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It showed a cherry tree in bloom, with the white flowers sprouting and new branches growing on top of the old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we found you this morning sitting against the cherry tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps little George did chop down the cherry tree.’
    • ‘I wonder this as nature utterly ignores me, going about her business while paying no attention to the disheveled samurai under the cherry tree.’
    • ‘They had eventually settled down for lunch underneath a blossomed cherry tree.’
    1. 2.1 The wood of the cherry tree.
      • ‘Mark leaned back in his chair and tapped his pen against his cherry oak desk.’
      • ‘The furniture is made of beech or cherrywood and much of the upholstery is leather or suedette.’
      • ‘She gripped the round top of the cherry bedpost that her father had fashioned so carefully.’
      • ‘Our spoons are made of cherrywood and have beautifully carved handles with your choice of a heart or moon cut-out.’
      • ‘A teak door with glass panels leads in to the entrance hall, which has cherrywood timber floors and recessed spotlighting.’
      • ‘Made from cherrywood, this chair, the last of five versions, was designed for a fireside alcove.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All of the rooms are accessed off a long entrance hall which, like much of the accommodation, is floored in cherrywood.’
      • ‘Features include an attractive semi-solid cherrywood floor, an antique cast iron and tiled fire place and French doors leading out to a courtyard.’
      • ‘Weekend working parties had previously built a delightful chapel, furnished with articles made of birchwood and with an altar of cherrywood.’
      • ‘The master bedroom has a range of cherrywood built-in wardrobes and a red oak floor.’
      • ‘Inside, the hallway in each apartment is floored in Italian marble, while the internal doors are in cherrywood.’
      • ‘The internal doors and kitchen units are cherrywood, while there are contemporary, fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms.’
      • ‘Both of the penthouses have cherrywood internal doors, halls floored in marble and fully fitted kitchens.’
      • ‘I'd entertained visions of matte black accessories, cherrywood paneling, and recessed lighting.’
      • ‘The houses have fitted cherrywood kitchens, solid oak doors and skirtings and specially designed carved oak balustrades with full staircases.’
      • ‘They then hired local woodworkers to create solid beech floors for the house and to build its doors and furniture from local cherrywood.’
      • ‘The cherrywood handle scales are very pleasing to the eye.’
      • ‘Upstairs, the master bedroom features a maple floor and fitted cherrywood wardrobes, while the remaining three bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes.’
    2. 2.2 Used in names of plants unrelated to the cherry but with similar fruits, e.g., cornelian cherry.
      • ‘Where resistance to oak root fungus is needed, try bush anemone, Catalina cherry, or spice bush.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3A bright deep red color.

    as modifier ‘her mouth was a bright cherry red’
    • ‘My face turned from cherry red to a deathly white.’
    • ‘Avery's cheeks turned cherry red, and she quickly shuffled off.’
    • ‘When purchasing red meat the flesh should be firm, cherry red in colour and finely grained.’
    • ‘It was once cherry red, but now it was caked in mud.’
    • ‘I yelled, my cheeks taking their cherry red colouring again.’
    • ‘Bright cherry red spots appear on the retinas of her eyes, and she is rendered blind.’
    • ‘She had a porcelain doll complexion, cherry red lips, and the most gorgeous, almond shaped, dark brown eyes he had ever seen.’
    • ‘She had out a bottle of cherry red nail polish and was applying the liquid as she spoke.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I had realized that I had voiced my thought aloud, I turned a helpless shade of cherry red and smiled sheepishly.’
    • ‘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 a movie-star smile completed with cherry red lips and bright alabaster teeth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nichole, the model for this style, has long fine tresses in a spectacular deep cherry hue with some subtle highlights.’
    • ‘Red wines tend to go from cherry red to brick red to copper to brown.’
    • ‘This colour can range from washed-out orange and light salmon hues to vibrant day-glow and rich deep cherry pinks.’
    • ‘That's when the foliage of many trees, shrubs, and vines starts to turn brilliant shades such as port, cherry red, and bonfire orange.’
    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 is said that ‘life is just a bowl of cherries.’’
      • ‘It's not a big bunch of roses or a bowl of cherries out here right now.’
      • ‘History tells us that life as a rock star is far from a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘Until that day, life had been a bowl of cherries with few pits.’
      • ‘Step inside my family life a little, maybe then you won't think everything's such a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘It just goes to show that even when life is a bowl of cherries, the pits may not be far away.’
      • ‘My life hasn't been, as Mary Jane would put it, a bowl of cherries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let's first acknowledge the fact that life has never been a bowl of cherries - for either women or men.’
      • ‘It isn't a bowl of cherries being outdoors - though turkeys are fairly hardy.’
  • 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

/ˈtʃɛri//ˈCHerē/