cherry: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (cher'ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
  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. .
    1. the hymen.
    2. the state of virginity.
    1. something new or unused.
    2. a novice.
  7. a first offender.
  8. the striking down of only the forward pin or pins in attempting to make a spare.
  1. bright-red; cerise.
  2. (of food and beverages) made with or containing cherries or cherrylike flavoring: cherry pie; cherry soda.
  3. (of furniture, woodwork, etc.) made of or covered or decorated with wood from the cherry tree.
  4. . being a virgin.
  5. a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
    1. new or unused:a three-year-old car in cherry condition.
    2. inexperienced; being an innocent novice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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