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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Roasted over coals and piled into paper cones, a stack of chestnuts goes for about five euro. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 Roasting removes the shell and richens the flavor of chestnuts. House Beautiful, "Laura Pensiero's Roasted Maple Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts," 30 Sep. 2012 Emilia Clarke also debuted a short chestnut brown hair color on the red carpet, having dyed it back from blonde. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlize Theron Just Debuted New Brown Hair at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The divergence is reflected in the landscape, where lavender and fig and olive trees in the southern part give way to oak, chestnuts and almonds in the north. New York Times, "Reviving Ancient Spanish Vineyards, Building New Traditions," 24 May 2018 Nicholas Hoel’s forefathers plant an American chestnut in Iowa. Jenni Laidman, chicagotribune.com, "A dazzlingly narrated edition of 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers leads the audiobooks roundup," 7 May 2018 In a food processor, process chestnuts to form fine crumbs; transfer half to a bowl. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 15 Jan. 2019 Process reserved chestnut crumbs, ricotta, and melted chocolate 3 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 15 Jan. 2019 Staff in kimonos tuck each pair into bamboo and chestnut cubbies lining the long entryway, and guests walk barefoot into an almost achingly detailed interior, where tradition slips into every nook. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Tokyo," 28 Feb. 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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