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noun wal·nut \ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət\

Simple Definition of walnut

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

  • : the nut of a walnut tree

  • : the wood of a walnut tree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of walnut

  1. 1 a :  the furrowed nut of any of a genus (Juglans of the family Juglandaceae, the walnut family) of deciduous trees; especially :  the large edible nut of an English walnut b :  a tree that bears walnuts c :  the wood of a walnut that is often used for cabinetmaking and veneers

  2. 2 :  a moderate reddish brown

Examples of walnut in a sentence

  1. The banana bread has walnuts in it.

  2. The recipe calls for a cup of chopped walnuts.

  3. a table made of walnut

Origin and Etymology of walnut

Middle English walnot, from Old English wealhhnutu, literally, foreign nut, from Wealh Welshman, foreigner + hnutu nut — more at welsh, nut

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with walnut

abut, all but, beechnut, blind gut, brush cut, buzz cut, catgut, chestnut, clean-cut, clear-cut, cobnut, cockshut, crew cut, crosscut, doughnut, foregut, groundnut, haircut, jump cut, kick butt, locknut, Meerut, midgut, offcut, peanut, pignut, pine nut, putt-putt, rebut, recut, rotgut, rough cut, sackbut, shortcut, somewhat, tut-tut, uncut, wing nut, woodcut


geographical name wal·nut

Definition of Walnut

  1. city SW California E of Los Angeles pop 29,172

WALNUT Defined for Kids


noun wal·nut \ˈwȯl-ˌnət\

Definition of walnut for Students

  1. :  a wrinkled edible nut that comes from a tall tree with hard strong wood

History for walnut

Walnut trees grew in southern Europe for a long time before they were grown in England. As a result the English gave the walnut a name which showed plainly that it was not an English nut. The Old English name for this southern nut was wealhhnutu, from wealh, “foreigner,” and hnutu, “nut.” The modern English word walnut comes from the Old English name.

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