chestnut

noun
chest·​nut | \ ˈches(t)-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce chestnut (audio) \

Definition of chestnut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 U.S. 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 : a grayish to reddish brown
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 bay entry 2 sense 1, sorrel entry 1 sense 1
5 : a callosity on the inner side of the leg of the horse — see horse illustration
6a : an old joke or story
b : something (such as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness

chestnut

adjective

Definition of chestnut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color chestnut
2 : of, relating to, or resembling a chestnut

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Examples of chestnut in a Sentence

Noun

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

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Rosario guided his chestnut colt through an opening next to the rail. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Sir Winston wins Belmont Stakes to give trainer second Triple Crown race win this season," 8 June 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Shares "Heartbreaking" Parenting Struggle at the Chelsea Flower Show," 19 May 2019 The chestnut once grew from Maine to Mississippi, an area of more than 200 million acres. Charles C. Mann, WSJ, "Let’s Farm Chestnuts Again," 9 May 2019 For more corporate environments stick to something neutral, maybe a chestnut brown or caramel nude color, or for a more relaxed environment take the plunge into cherry red or baby blue. Vogue, "5 Office-Ready Style Hacks You’ll Need This Summer," 7 May 2019 When it was sent down the runway as part of Wickstead’s autumn/winter 2019 collection, it was paired with a chestnut-brown belt and white mary-jane style kitten heels. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wears Powder Blue Jumpsuit and Matching Cape at Variety's Power of Women Event," 6 Apr. 2019 Justify may have more early speed than all of them so, barring some kind of a disastrous break, the massive chestnut is going to be in a four-horse field or possibly even less by the first turn. Dick Jerardi, Philly.com, "Why the Kentucky Derby odds favor Justify," 4 May 2018 Before tucking into the slow-roasted turkey with apple-chestnut stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes with brown butter, swing for pumpkin risotto with pancetta; and later, for the dolce, an olive oil and dried fruit cake with crème fraîche gelato. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of chestnut

Noun

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adjective

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chestnut

Noun

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

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chestnut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chestnut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

chestnut

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chestnut (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a reddish-brown color

chestnut

noun
chest·​nut | \ ˈches-ˌnət How to pronounce chestnut (audio) \

Kids Definition of chestnut

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

chestnut

noun
chest·​nut | \ ˈches-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce chestnut (audio) \

Medical Definition of chestnut

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 cough
b : the edible nut of a chestnut
2 : a callosity on the inner side of the leg of the horse

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