Definition of cerise in English:



mass noun
  • A light clear red colour.

    ‘a shade of vivid cerise’
    as modifier ‘a bright cerise suit’
    • ‘This year, the cerise and magenta pelagoniums I bought have all turned out to be bright red and wrecked my colour scheme (which was to have been plum, purple, cream and cerise / magenta).’
    • ‘The Hat Box collection at Debenhams in Davygate starts at £15 too, with a selection of classic straw styles in a rainbow of colours from cerise to cream.’
    • ‘Then there is the resumption of the Lissadell and Texas Downs stations, which are these pieces at the bottom in pinkish colour, cerise.’
    • ‘Yuko looked stunning in a summer kimono of red and cerise with a cyan tie around the waist.’
    • ‘Its common name, star cluster, refers to the myriad little florets that combine to form the main flower, in shades of pink, mauve, white and cerise.’
    • ‘The camellia family displays pinks in all their many shades, from coral to dark cerise.’
    • ‘We were driving around Speyside the other day looking for bonny purple heather and found that the hillsides were blanketed with the dull cerise of willow-herb.’
    • ‘They are grown for the beautiful colours of their foliage: lemony green, pink, plum, cerise, chocolate, russet and flame.’
    • ‘She sat front and center, her long, blood red hair dripping to the ground in beautifully combed strands of cerise.’
    • ‘The fresh cerise against the camouflage gave the car the look of a drunk in the last stages of cirrhosis.’
    • ‘Poor Miss Fiorentini was left with microphone outstretched, her complexion rapidly turning the same colour as her Sunday-best jacket - bright cerise - and for once she was speechless.’
    • ‘Containers are planted with geraniums and petunias in Ann's favorite colors - pink, lavender, and cerise.’
    • ‘Its two theatres - the Lyric and the Quays - are decorated in deep purple and deep cerise respectively, with lobbies in vibrant orange.’
    • ‘There was a fabulous show of colour with pink, fuchsia, cerise and many shades of green standing out.’
    • ‘The EZ-Grips however are the complete opposite; they glow so bright they are almost cerise in colour.’
    • ‘Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by colours such as apricot, cherry, peach, cerise or carmine.’
    • ‘They are offered as separate colours, pale pink, white, cerise and violet, or as a collection.’
    • ‘A lot of that has gone now, and hydrangeas come in all sorts of colours and not a few different designs, covering the whole spectrum from a dark navy-blue right through to pure white, on to pink and out the other side in a deep cerise.’
    • ‘Its pinky-mauve flowers striped with cerise bloom in May and June on the previous season's wood, and again in August and September on this year's wood.’


Mid 19th century from French, literally ‘cherry’.



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