cherry

[cher-ee]
noun, plural cherries.
1.
the fruit of any of various trees belonging to the genus Prunus, of the rose family, consisting of a pulpy, globular drupe enclosing a one-seeded smooth stone.
2.
the tree bearing such a fruit.
3.
the wood of such a tree.
4.
any of various fruits or plants resembling the cherry.
5.
bright red; cerise.
6.
Slang: Often Vulgar.
a.
the hymen.
b.
the state of virginity.
7.
Slang.
a.
something new or unused.
b.
a novice.
8.
Underworld Slang. a first offender.
9.
Bowling. the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.
adjective
10.
bright-red; cerise.
11.
(of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring: cherry pie; cherry soda.
12.
(of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.
13.
Slang: Often Vulgar. being a virgin.
14.
Slang.
a.
new or unused: a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
b.
inexperienced; being an innocent novice.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English cheri variant of chirie, back formation from Old English ciris- (taken for plural) ≪ Vulgar Latin *ceresium for *cerasium (Latin cerasum) < Greek kerásion cherry

cherrylike, adjective

chérie, cherry.
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Cherry

[cher-ee]
noun
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cherry (ˈtʃɛrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  See also bird cherry any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stone
2.  the fruit or wood of any of these trees
3.  any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
4.  a.  a bright red colour; cerise
 b.  (as adjective): a cherry coat
5.  slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
6.  (modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or wood: cherry tart
 
[C14: back formation from Old English ciris (mistakenly thought to be plural), ultimately from Late Latin ceresia, perhaps from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasios]
 
'cherry-like
 
adj

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cherry
1236, from Anglo-Fr. cherise (taken as a pl.), from O.N.Fr. cherise, from V.L. *ceresia, from late Gk. kerasian "cherry," from Gk. kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. O.E. had ciris "cherry" from W.Gmc. form of the V.L. word, but it died out after the Norman invasion and was
replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures. Cherry-pick, in a pejorative sense, first recorded 1972.
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cherry definition


  1. n.
    an inexperienced person; a novice. : He's just a cherry. He don't know from nothing.
  2. n.
    the hymen. (Usually objectionable.) : You jerk! All you care about is scoring cherries!
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Example sentences
Out went banana, cherry and wintergreen and in came bright blue raspberry,
  lemon and green apple.
Cherry picking programs in demand will always provide better results than
  sustaining a broad set of courses and degrees.
So there was no cherry picking there to push up the rate.
Many cherry trees were planted to keep people on low incomes happy, and popular
  theatre flourished.
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