From Latin cerebellum, derived from cerebrum, from Proto-Italic *kerazrom, from a Proto-Indo-European form *ḱerh₂-s-ro, from the root *ḱerh₂- (“head”). The alternative plural cervella derives from the Latin plural form cerebella. Doublet of the borrowing cerebello; cf. the derived cerebellare.
- (anatomy) brain
- (figurative) intellect, reason
- (by extension) the tendencies or inclinations of an individual
- (by extension) an individual or person (referring to their tendencies and inclinations)
- (management) the main manager of an activity or business