butternut

play
noun but·ter·nut \-ˌnət\

Definition of butternut

  1. 1 :  an eastern North American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family with sweet egg-shaped nuts and light brown wood —called also white walnut

  2. 2a :  a light yellowish brownb butternuts plural :  homespun overalls dyed brown with a butternut extractc :  a soldier or partisan of the Confederacy during the American Civil War

1741

First Known Use of butternut

1741


BUTTERNUT Defined for Kids

butternut

play
noun but·ter·nut \ˈbə-tər-ˌnət\

Definition of butternut for Students

  1. :  an eastern North American tree that has sweet egg-shaped nuts



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up butternut? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

not embarrassed or apologetic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!