Definition of cherry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃeri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeri//
    (pl. cherries) Fruit
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  1. 1 [countable] a small soft round fruit with shiny red or black skin and a large seed inside See related entries: Fruit
  2. 2 (also cherry tree) [countable] a tree on which cherries grow, or a similar tree, grown for its flowers cherry blossom a winter-flowering cherry
  3. 3 (also cherrywood
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃeriwʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeriwʊd//
    [uncountable] the wood of the cherry tree
  4. 4 (also cherry red) [uncountable] a bright red colour More Like This Colour compounds baby blue, china-blue, cobalt blue, electric blue, ice-blue, midnight blue, navy blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, royal blue, sky-blue blood-red, cherry red, pillar-box red, wine red bottle-green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, olive-green, pea-green, sea-green lemon yellow, primrose yellow lily-white, snow-white coal-black, jet black, pitch-black charcoal grey, iron-grey, slate-grey rose pink, salmon pink, shocking pink nut-brownSee worksheet.
  5. see also black cherry
    Word OriginMiddle 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 pea).Idioms
    a bite at/of the cherry
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    (British English) an opportunity to do something You only get one bite at the cherry in life. They were eager for a second bite of the cherry.
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