British informal for a young, virginal girl and also can refer to virginity itself, deriving from the supposed similarity of the fruit to the hymen. It then gave rise to the expression to lose one’s cherry, which means to lose one’s virginity and, in this sense, can refer to a young male or female. All these usages date from the mid to late 19th century. To pop someone’s cherry means to have sexual intercourse with a virgin, male or female, and dates from the 1930s. In more modern times, it is also British and Australian informal for a red cricket ball, which dates from the late 20th century. See also Two bites of the apple/cherry.