filbert

noun

fil·​bert ˈfil-bərt How to pronounce filbert (audio)
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.

Example Sentences

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Filbert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filbert. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

filbert

noun

fil·​bert ˈfil-bərt How to pronounce filbert (audio)
1
: either of two European hazels
2
: the sweet thick-shelled nut of a filbert
also : hazelnut

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