cash·​ew | \ ˈka-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce cashew (audio) , kə-ˈshü \

Definition of cashew

: a tropical American tree (Anacardium occidentale of the family Anacardiaceae, the cashew family) grown for a phenolic oil and the edible kernel of its nut and for a gum from its stem also : cashew nut

Examples of cashew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cashew is in the same family as mangos and, ready for this, poison ivy. Everett Potter, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Salty and flavorful with a cashew cream base, this unique take on mozzarella can be enjoyed hot or cold! Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 Oh, and don't sleep on the grain salad with herbs and cashew cheese. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 Almond, cashew, and oat milks do not have adequate fat, protein, or calories to support an infant’s growth. Julie Washington, cleveland, 19 May 2022 Vegan Nacho Cheese Not as big a fan of this silky cashew cheese because the onion flavor is so overwhelming. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 29 Apr. 2022 Luscious cashew cream mimics ricotta cheese in this comforting classic. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 Chana masala thrums with ginger and garlic paste, while lamb korma — one of the lightest and most luscious versions around — features soft bites of meat in a dark golden gravy thickened with yogurt and cashew paste. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Anyone sensitive to pistachio and cashew should also be aware of a new recall that involves Van Leeuwen ice cream. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cashew.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cashew

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cashew

Portuguese cajú, acajú, from Tupi akajú

Buying Guide

Passionate about fitness and wellness tracking? The Reviews team conducted an honest review of the Oura Ring.

Learn More About cashew

Dictionary Entries Near cashew



cashew apple

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cashew

Last Updated

10 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Cashew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for cashew


cash·​ew | \ ˈka-shü How to pronounce cashew (audio) \

Kids Definition of cashew

: a curved edible nut that comes from a tropical American tree

More from Merriam-Webster on cashew

Nglish: Translation of cashew for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about cashew


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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