WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cher•ry /ˈtʃɛri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ries, adj. 
  1. Plant Biology the soft, red, pulpy fruit of any of various trees of the rose family:[countable]a bowl of cherries.
  2. Plant Biology[countable] the tree bearing such a fruit.
  3. Furniture[uncountable] the reddish wood of the cherry tree, used in making furniture.
  4. [uncountable] a bright red color.

  1. bright red.
  2. Foodcontaining cherries or cherrylike flavoring:cherry cough drops.
  3. Furniture[usually: before a noun] made of cherry wood.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cher•ry  (cherē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries, adj. 
  1. Plant Biologythe 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. Plant Biologythe tree bearing such a fruit.
  3. Plant Biology, Furniturethe wood of such a tree.
  4. any of various fruits or plants resembling the cherry.
  5. bright red;
  6. Slang Terms(often vulgar).
    • the hymen.
    • the state of virginity.
  7. Slang Terms
    • something new or unused.
    • a novice.
  8. [Underworld Slang.]a first offender.
  9. Sport[Bowling.]the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.

  1. bright-red;
  2. Food(of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring:cherry pie; cherry soda.
  3. Furniture(of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.
  4. Slang Terms(often vulgar). being a virgin.
  5. Slang Terms
    • new or unused:a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
    • inexperienced;
      being an innocent novice.
cherry•like′, adj. 
  • Greek kerásion cherry
  • Middle English cheri variant of chirie, back formation from Old English ciris- (taken for plural) Vulgar Latin *ceresium for *cerasium (Latin cerasum) 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cherry /ˈtʃɛrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. 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 bright red colour; cerise
  5. (as adjective): a cherry coat
  6. slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
Etymology: 14th Century: 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

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