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chestnut

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noun chest·nut \ˈches(t)-(ˌ)nət\

Simple Definition of chestnut

  • : a type of tree that produces large, sweet nuts that can be eaten

  • : the nut of a chestnut tree

  • : the wood of a chestnut tree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chestnut

  1. 1 a :  any of a genus (Castanea) of trees or shrubs of the beech family; especially :  an American tree (C. dentata) that was formerly a dominant or codominant member of many deciduous forests of the eastern United States but has now been largely eliminated by the chestnut blight and seldom grows beyond the shrub or sapling stage b :  the edible nut of a chestnut c :  the wood of a chestnut

  2. 2 :  a grayish to reddish brown

  3. 3 :  horse chestnut

  4. 4 :  a chestnut-colored animal; specifically :  a horse having a body color of any shade of pure or reddish brown with mane, tail, and points of the same or a lighter shade — compare 2bay 1, 1sorrel 1

  5. 5 :  a callosity on the inner side of the leg of the horse — see horse illustration

  6. 6 a :  an old joke or story b :  something (as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness

Examples of chestnut in a sentence

  1. <an op-ed piece that's offers nothing but warmed-over chestnuts for solving the city's financial woes>



Origin and Etymology of chestnut

Middle English chasteine, chesten chestnut tree, from Anglo-French chastein, chestain, from Latin castanea, from Greek kastanea


First Known Use: 14th century

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chestnut

adjective chest·nut

Simple Definition of chestnut

  • : of a reddish-brown color

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chestnut

  1. 1 :  of the color chestnut

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or resembling a chestnut


CHESTNUT Defined for Kids

chestnut

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noun chest·nut \ˈches-ˌnət\

Definition of chestnut for Students

  1. 1 :  a sweet edible nut that grows in burs on a tree related to the beech

  2. 2 :  a reddish brown




Medical Dictionary

chestnut

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noun chest·nut \ˈches-(ˌ)nət\

Medical Definition of chestnut

  1. 1a:  a tree or shrub of the genus Castanea (C. dentata) that is found in eastern North America and the leaf of which was formerly used to prepare an infusion for the treatment of whooping coughb:  the edible nut of a chestnut

  2. 2:  a callosity on the inner side of the leg of the horse





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