[Fr.,from Gk. kerasos] A tree of the Prune or Plum family bearing a red stone-fruit, which is much esteemed for dessert purposes and for conserves. There are several hundred varieties of the common garden cherry. The wild or black cherry of the United States is a beautiful and useful tree, its wood being much esteemed by cabinet-makers. Its fruit is not very good for eating. Cherry brandy or rum is brandy or rum in which cherries have been steeped.