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 Payton is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and has hazel green eyes. oregonlive, 18 May 2021 In America, people tend to forget the breadth of the Asian continent: Korea, Japan, and China, yes, but Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, and other countries as well, filled with single lids and double lids, eyes of brown and black and hazel. Monica Kim, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Witch hazel extract helps tighten pores and controls acne. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2021 My daughter is a toddler now, and her eyes have turned hazel, her brown hair has started to curl. Naima Coster, Time, 4 Mar. 2021 Eastman has white hair and hazel eyes and drives a silver 2017 Nissan Versa with a Florida tag. Hannah Phillips, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Feb. 2021 Frosted wild plums and a few remaining catkins on a small hazel tree were a ready meal for something. Mark Boswell, Star Tribune, 4 Feb. 2021 De Armas complemented her new cut and colour with an equally chic ensemble of a simple white V-neck T-shirt, minimalist jewellery, subtle winged eyeliner to enhance her hazel eyes, and a flush of pink on her cheeks and lips. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 19 Jan. 2021 The latter belongs to Tony Duenas, a 53-year-old Angeleno with a stout, muscular build, thick runner’s calves and soft hazel eyes that no longer give him sight — the result of a sudden retinal detachment in 2009 that left him permanently blind. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2021 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

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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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The first known use of hazel was before the 12th century

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“Hazel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazel. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hazel

: a kind of bush or small tree that produces nuts
: a color that combines light brown with green and gray


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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