What does cherry mean?

Definitions for cherry
ˈtʃɛr icher·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cherry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cherrynoun

    wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry

  2. cherry, cherry treenoun

    any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood

  3. cherrynoun

    a red fruit with a single hard stone

  4. cerise, cherry, cherry redadjective

    a red the color of ripe cherries

  5. red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarletadjective

    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies


  1. cherrynoun

    A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.

  2. cherrynoun

    A tree or shrub that bears cherries.

  3. cherrynoun

    The wood of a cherry tree.

  4. cherrynoun

    cherry red

  5. cherrynoun

    Virginity, particularly of a woman.

  6. cherrynoun

    A subtree consisting of a node with exactly two leaves.

  7. cherryadjective

    Containing or having the taste of cherries.

  8. cherryadjective

    Of a bright red colour.

  9. cherryadjective

    In excellent condition; mint condition.

  10. Cherrynoun

    someone connected with AFC Bournemouth, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  11. Cherrynoun

    A female given name from English, a pet form of Charity, also interpreted as a flower name.

    'As you knows Mrs Chuzzlewit, you knows, p’raps, what her chris’en name is?' Mrs Gamp observed.

  12. Cherrynoun

    A surname.

  13. Etymology: From ciris, from (loanword from cherise) cheri.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cherryadjective

    Resembling a cherry in colour.

    Etymology: from the substantive.

    Shore’s wife hath a pretty foot,
    A cherry lip, a passing pleasing tongue. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

  2. CHERRY, Cherry-treenoun

    The tree hath large shining leaves: the fruit grows on long pedicles, and is roundish or heart-shaped: the stone is short, tumid, and roundish. The species are;1. The common red or garden cherry.2. Large Spanish cherry.3. The red heart cherry.4. The white heart cherry.5. The bleeding heart cherry.6. The black heart cherry.7. The May cherry.8. The black cherry, or mazard.9. The archduke cherry.10. The yellow Spanish cherry.11. The Flanders cluster cherry.12. The carnation cherry.13. The large black cherry.14. The bird cherry.15. The red bird or Cornish cherry.16. The largest double flowered cherry.17. The double flowered cherry.18. The common wild cherry.19. The wild northern English cherry, with late ripe fruit.20. The shock or perfumed cherry.21. The cherrytree with striped leaves. And many other sorts of cherries; as the amber cherry, lukeward, corone, Gascoigne, and the morello, which is chiefly planted for preserving. This fruit was brought out of Pontus at the time of the Mithridatick victory, by Lucullus, in the year of Rome 680; and was brought into Britain about 120 years afterwards, which was An. Dom. 55; and was soon after spread through most parts of Europe. It is generally esteemed for its earliness, being of the first tree-fruits that appears to welcome in the fruit-season. Philip Miller

    Etymology: cerise, Fr. cerasus, Lat.

    Some devils ask but the parings of one’s nail, a pin, a nut, a cherry stone; but she, more covetous, would have a chain. William Shakespeare, Com. of Errors.

    July I would have drawn in a jacket of light-yellow eating cherries, with his face and bosom sun-burnt. Henry Peacham.

    All this done by a little spark of life, which, in its first appearance, might be inclosed in the hollow of a cherry stone. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mankind.

    All the ideas of all the sensible qualities of a cherry come into my mind by sensation. John Locke.


  1. cherry

    A cherry is a small, round fruit that is typically red or yellow, with a hard pit at its center. It grows on a tree belonging to the Prunus family, which also includes almonds, peaches, and plums. Cherries are known for their sweet or tart flavor and are used in various culinary dishes, desserts, or can be consumed raw. The cherry tree is also known for its wood and beautiful spring blossoms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cherrynoun

    a tree or shrub of the genus Prunus (Which also includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony stone;

  2. Cherrynoun

    the common garden cherry (Prunus Cerasus), of which several hundred varieties are cultivated for the fruit, some of which are, the begarreau, blackheart, black Tartarian, oxheart, morelle or morello, May-duke (corrupted from Medoc in France)

  3. Cherrynoun

    the wild cherry; as, Prunus serotina (wild black cherry), valued for its timber; P. Virginiana (choke cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent fruit; P. avium and P. Padus, European trees (bird cherry)

  4. Cherrynoun

    the fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors and flavors

  5. Cherrynoun

    the timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry, used in cabinetmaking, etc

  6. Cherrynoun

    a peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry

  7. Cherryadjective

    like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry lip; cherry cheeks

  8. Etymology: [OE. chery, for cherys, fr. F. cerise (cf. AS. cyrs cherry), fr. LL. ceresia, fr. L. cerasus Cherry tree, Gr. keraso`s, perh. fr. ke`ras horn, from the hardness of the wood.]


  1. Cherry

    The cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy drupe. The cherry fruits of commerce are usually obtained from a limited number of species, including especially cultivars of the sweet cherry, Prunus avium. The name 'cherry' also refers to the cherry tree, and is sometimes applied to almonds and visually similar flowering trees in the genus Prunus, as in "ornamental cherry", "cherry blossom", etc. Wild cherry may refer to any of the cherry species growing outside of cultivation, although Prunus avium is often referred to specifically by the name "wild cherry" in the British Isles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cherry

    cher′i, n. a small bright-red stone-fruit: the tree that bears it.—adj. like a cherry in colour: ruddy.—ns. Cherr′y-brand′y, a pleasant liqueur made by steeping Morello cherries in brandy; Cherr′y-lau′rel, the common English name for the Cerasus Lauro-Cerasus of Asia Minor; Cherr′y-pepp′er, a West Indian species of Capsicum; Cherr′y-pie, a pie made of cherries; the common heliotrope; Cherr′y-pit, a game which consists in throwing cherry-stones into a small hole; Cherr′y-stone, the hard seed of the cherry. [A.S. ciris—L. cerasus—Gr. kerasos, a cherry-tree, said to be so named from Cerasus, a town in Pontus, from which the cherry was brought.]

  2. Cherry

    cher′i, v.t. (Spens.) to cheer.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cherry

    A species of smelt or spurling, taken in the Frith of Tay.

Editors Contribution

  1. cherry

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The cherry tree looks so beautiful in full bloom.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cherry is ranked #970 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cherry surname appeared 35,877 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Cherry.

    58.9% or 21,157 total occurrences were White.
    35.4% or 12,718 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 893 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 732 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 233 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 144 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cherry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cherry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cherry in a Sentence

  1. June Jordan:

    Lately... Americans have begun to understand that trouble does not start somewhere on the other side of town. It seems to originate inside the absolute middle of the homemade cherry pie. In our history, the state has failed to respond to the weak. You could be white, male, Presbyterian and heterosexual besides, but if you get fired or if you get sick tomorrow, you might as well be Black, for all the state will want to hear from you.

  2. Frederic Ducrozet:

    This Iran conflict is the cherry on the cake.

  3. Nicole Saphier:

    They cherry-pick the way that they present the data.

  4. Amy Adams:

    Tart cherry juice can increase our bodies' ability to use tryptophan, which is an amino acid linked to sleep. Tart cherry also has a high melatonin concentration, research says 8 oz of tart cherry juice in the morning and nighttime for as little as two weeks can significantly reduce insomnia.

  5. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker:

    There will definitely not be any cherry picking, out is out.

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