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Cerise ( or ; ) is a deep to vivid purplish red.


According to Maerz and Paul in their Dictionary of Color, the first recorded use of cerise as a color name in English was in 1858. However, it was used at least as early as 1846 in a book of crochet patterns.

The cerise color name comes from the French word meaning cherry. The word "cherry" itself comes from the Norman cherise.

Variations of cerise

There are various shades of cerise.

Deep cerise

Displayed at right is the color deep cerise. This is the color called cerise in Crayola crayons (see the List of Crayola crayon colors).

This color approximates the color of the interior of a Bing cherry close to the stone (the exterior of a Bing cherry is much darker).

The color name cerise has been in use for this color since 1993 by Crayola.

Hollywood cerise

In the 1950s, a popular brand of colored pencils, Venus Paradise, had a colored pencil called Hollywood cerise which was this color. Before being renamed Hollywood cerise in the 1940s, the color had before that, since its inception in 1922, been known simply as Hollywood.

Cerise in human culture



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  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 192; Color Sample: Page 31 Plate 4 Color Sample J6—Cerise
  2. Crochet Explained and Illustrated, by Cornelia Mee. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street (1846), p. 117.
  3. Maerz and Paul, A Dictionary of Color New York:1930--McGraw-Hill See Hollywood in Index, Page 196 and Color Sample of Hollywood, Page 33, Plate 5, Color Sample K5
  4. Konglig Datasektionen, Regulations, §1.1 Color

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