filbert

noun
fil·​bert | \ ˈfil-bərt How to pronounce filbert (audio) \

Definition of filbert

1 : either of two Eurasian hazels (Corylus avellana and C. maxima)
2 : the sweet thick-shelled nut of the filbert broadly : hazelnut

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Hazel trees are common in England, and their sweet nuts become ripe in late summer. The feast day of a French saint named Philibert was celebrated during the time that people picked these nuts. In 1066 the Normans conquered England and in their form of French they called the nut of the hazel tree philber, after the saint. Eventually, English borrowed the word as filbert.

Examples of filbert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But most processors don't ship filberts straight to China. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Tariffs hit Oregon farm goods," 5 Apr. 2018 Growers in the southern Willamette Valley ship their crops to processors farther north, where the bulk of Oregon's filberts grow. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Tariffs hit Oregon farm goods," 5 Apr. 2018 Hazelnuts are also known as filberts, although that is something your grandmother probably called them. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nuts for hazelnuts: Wisconsin farmers take a crack at now-popular variety," 15 Oct. 2017 Hazelnuts, also called filberts, are a popular ingredient in baked goods, candy and snacks. Eugene Register-guard, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's hazelnut output poised for 18% drop, forecasters say," 25 Aug. 2017 Barnett's list included prairie smoke, coneflower, compass plant, obedient plant and butterflyweed — native prairie plants that bloom at different times — as well as native shrubs including filbert, which produces fruits for wildlife in fall. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Earnest gardeners ward off rain at Conserve Lake County native plant sale," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of filbert

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for filbert

Middle English, from Anglo-French philber, from St. Philibert †684 Frankish abbot whose feast day falls in the nutting season

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The first known use of filbert was in the 14th century

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filbert

noun
fil·​bert | \ ˈfil-bərt How to pronounce filbert (audio) \

Kids Definition of filbert

: the hazel or its nut

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