What is the Meaning of Cherish and the Symbolism

by Marie

What does it mean to love and cherish? Discover the meaning of this word in the romantic sense as well as learning what the name signifies when it is given to a newborn baby.

As Valentine's Day draws nearer to us, it really becomes the absolute perfect time to think about what the word 'cherish' means. The meaning of cherish is something that can be used in a romantic sense as with a wedding or a great love but it can also be applied to friendships and also to objects as well as people.

Life is certainly something to be cherished and celebrated while we are here. And, if you strip away all the commercial aspects of occasions such as Valentine's Day, weddings and anniversaries, you'll discover that the real and true meaning is quite simply to treasure and hold dear the ones we love while we are able to. Hold on and enjoy what you have because true moments of love are golden.

The True Meanings and Definitions of this English Word

What Does it Mean to Cherish Someone?

Cherish comes from the Latin word cārus which literally translates as dear or beloved. Discover all about this word and the different ways in which it can be applied below.

In a Romantic Sense, this word means to feel great affection for and to hold dear the one that you love.

Applied to Friends and Family it naturally means that you love them but also has protective connotations too, for example: she cherishes her baby / frail mother / dog.

Some people feel this way about Objects or Things. Perhaps you treasure a piece of jewelry which has been passed down in your family or that has been given to you by someone you love. There are often books that we are passionate about, perhaps ones that have struck an emotional chord and which you want to re-read time and time again.

We also cherish our Ideas and Hopes. Certain memories are held dear and captured in our minds and hearts forever - we treasure our yesterdays. And we also hold dear the future too with our very real hopes and aspirations for what is yet to come. It certainly is a word that holds many beautiful and sincere meanings.

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Cherish Name Meaning: Sweet, Beautiful Baby Girl's Name

Cherish as a Baby Girl's Name - Why this is the Sweetest Name
Cherish as a Baby Girl's Name - Why this is the Sweetest Name
Image is in the Public Domain from Pixabay and has been altered by the author

Cherish is a girl's name. Some people abbreviate this to Cher, Cheri or even Cherry. The meaning and symbolism of the name is beautiful because it means to treasure or care for, to hold dear and love. So it is very apt to gift this name to a newborn girl since you will want to hold this precious new being close and bless her with love.

A baby who is gifted this name is clearly blessed with parents who simply adore her. It is a very pretty name, not one that is highly in use so it's a little more unusual and it is one bestowed with a truly wonderful and special meaning behind it.

Finding the right name for a baby can be difficult. We actually had no idea what to call our own daughter until after she was born and then once we got to know a little of her wonderful personality, a name just presented itself like magic!

Traditional Wedding Vows: I Cherish You

I, (name), take you, (name) ,to be my lawfully wedded (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

This is a traditional wedding vow that is still popular today. How beautiful and meaningful are the words: to love and to cherish. You are promising to love, take care of, protect and treasure someone for the rest of your time. It's making a joint promise to work at your relationship together because sometimes life will throw a curveball your way - it's how you deal with it as a couple that counts. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Below you will find some of my favorite quotations on this theme.

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Favorite Cherish Quotations

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them. ~ Richard L. Evans

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~ Robert Brault

Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey. ~ Jack Layton

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~ Napolean Hill

Enjoy Kool & The Gang Before You Leave

The Meaning of Love and Cherish
The Meaning of Love and Cherish
Image is in the Public Domain from Pixabay and has been altered by the author
Updated: 02/05/2016, Marie
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Marie on 06/13/2015

I believe it is a special and possibly underused term. Thank you very much.

CruiseReady on 06/03/2015

What a beautiful read! I love just thinking about the things you presented about the word cherish. It is a special one, indeed!

Marie on 12/21/2012

Thank you Dustytoes :)

dustytoes on 12/03/2012

Very sweet. Cherish is a beautiful word.

Marie on 01/17/2012

Thank you @sheri. I really enjoyed writing about the meaning of Cherish.

Sheri_Oz on 01/16/2012

This is a beautiful article. Each picture so perfect for what you are talking about. Lots of thoughts and feelings came up for me as I read through this.

Marie on 01/08/2012

Thanks for visiting my Cherish page, Terri.

TerriRexson on 01/08/2012

I love a bit of etymology.

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