ha·​zel | \ ˈhā-zəl How to pronounce hazel (audio) \

Definition of hazel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a genus (Corylus and especially the American C. americana and the European C. avellana) of shrubs or small trees of the birch family bearing nuts enclosed in a leafy involucre
2 : a light brown to strong yellowish brown



Definition of hazel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : consisting of hazels or of the wood of the hazel
2a : of the color hazel
b of eyes : of a variable color averaging light greenish-grayish brown

Examples of hazel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On her way back, Ochoa said, Makenna’s hazel eyes stare straight into her mother’s. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 Her hazel eyes must be the exact shade — one that hardly any camera could capture right — her mother told Ochoa. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 Her kind, hazel-green eyes carry her smile no matter what. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 Witch hazel is a natural essential oil that helps treat inflammation, irritation, ingrown hairs, and redness. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 The gourds had swelled, and plump were the hazel shells. Lindsay Turner, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 The reddish tint of his beard, his hazel eyes and pale skin gave him the air of someone from the Black Sea or the Caucasus. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Her eyes are hazel, like Carter's, and her hair is bright white. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Witch hazel - one of the best skincare all-around ingredients - works with mallow extract and sweet almond oil in a moisturizing blend to soften even the roughest skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jenna is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 118 pounds and has hazel eyes and red hair, the release states. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, 15 May 2020 According to Parabon, the suspect was Native American and European mixed ancestry or Latino with olive skin, brown or hazel eyes and black hair. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2020 Fliers showing her photo and detailing her appearance — hazel eyes, 5-foot-3, 120 pounds, auburn hair — were distributed widely. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 9 Nov. 2019 Carillo was described as 190-pound man about 5 feet 10 inches tall with hazel eyes, brown hair and a short beard. Houston Chronicle, 29 June 2019 Blue-eyed beauties take note: an eggplant mascara like this one makes green and hazel eyes look even greener. Devon Abelman, Allure, 3 May 2018 He is described as a white male with green or hazel eyes, and blond or red hair. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2018 He is believed to be a black-haired, 5-foot-9 Hispanic man with hazel eyes who weighs 150 pounds, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Gregg Re, Fox News, 9 Mar. 2018 Chanel released the first image from the campaign on Wednesday and in the stunning closeup shot, K-Stew is shown in profile, staring determinedly ahead, wearing nothing but her pre-buzz locks, bright hazel eyes, and dewy, natural makeup. Andrea Park, Allure, 17 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hazel


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hazel


Middle English hasel, from Old English hæsel; akin to Old High German hasal hazel, Latin corulus

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More Definitions for hazel


ha·​zel | \ ˈhā-zəl How to pronounce hazel (audio) \

Kids Definition of hazel

1 : a shrub or small tree that bears an edible nut
2 : a color that combines light brown with green and gray hazel eyes

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