- 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
- the fruit or wood of any of these trees
- any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
- a bright red colour; cerise
- (as adjective): a cherry coat
- slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Plant Biology the soft, red, pulpy fruit of any of various trees of the rose family:[countable]a bowl of cherries.
- Plant Biology[countable] the tree bearing such a fruit.
- Furniture[uncountable] the reddish wood of the cherry tree, used in making furniture.
- [uncountable] a bright red color.
- bright red.
- Foodcontaining cherries or cherrylike flavoring:cherry cough drops.
- Furniture[usually: before a noun] made of cherry wood.
- 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.
- Plant Biologythe tree bearing such a fruit.
- Plant Biology, Furniturethe wood of such a tree.
- any of various fruits or plants resembling the cherry.
- bright red;
- Slang Terms(often vulgar).
- the hymen.
- the state of virginity.
- Slang Terms
- something new or unused.
- a novice.
- [Underworld Slang.]a first offender.
- Sport[Bowling.]the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.
- Food(of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring:cherry pie; cherry soda.
- Furniture(of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.
- Slang Terms(often vulgar). being a virgin.
- Slang Terms
- new or unused:a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
being an innocent novice.
- 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