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Coined in the early 20th century, possibly a blend of Cherie or Cherry and Beryl. (See cher for the etymology of Cherie.)


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  1. A female given name.
    • 2009 Caroline B. Cooney, If the Witness Lied, Random House LLC, ISBN 0375891064, page 38:
      Cheryl is a woman of few interests: she will be watching TV or she'll be out shopping.
      "Cheryl" is a soft, round, pleasant name. "Cheryl" sounds like a person who listens to classic rock, irons aprons and plays bunko. In fact, she's not an aunt at all. She's a glorified housekeeper.

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  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001.