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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police described Wilson as a white woman with white hair, hazel eyes and a dark mole on her forehead. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "78-year-old woman found safe after going missing in Highland Village in Denton County," 30 July 2019 Johnson is 5 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Woman, 60, was last seen walking in southeast Oak Cliff," 23 July 2019 Police are searching for Doreen Starkweather, a white woman approximately 5-feet-2-inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Vernon police searching for woman after belongings found on hiking trail," 14 July 2019 The image shows a piercing hazel eye against a backdrop of snowy white feathers, the bird’s signature black marking swathed like kohl over its brow. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 Wilkes is described as being white, 6-feet-4-inches tall, 215 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing shorts, according to the statement. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, NOLA.com, "Police search for suspect who killed Alabama policeman, injured 2 others," 20 May 2019 Looking back now, the long-and-lean 21-year-old with short blond hair and wide-set hazel eyes can laugh at himself. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "Ducks rookie Troy Terry still working toward his big break in NHL," 29 June 2019 Hafeman is described as a white male with gray hair and hazel eyes, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "MCSO: 97-year-old Sun Lakes man missing since Sunday," 4 June 2019 Small, flat strips of wood inserted between the layers helped strengthen the shield, as did a strip of hazel-wood trim around the edges. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This 2,400-year-old bark shield took a beating in an Iron Age fight," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Carillo was described as 190-pound man about 5 feet 10 inches tall with hazel eyes, brown hair and a short beard. Houston Chronicle, "Missing El Paso boys in 'immediate danger,' police say," 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, "9 of the Best Colored Mascaras for Trying the Bold Lash Trend," 3 May 2018 He is described as a white male with green or hazel eyes, and blond or red hair. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Suspect's sketches released in Washington cold-case murder of young couple," 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, "Decapitated body found near remote ammo-filled survivalist bunker in Washington, police say," 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, "Kristen Stewart Has Short Brown Hair in Her New Chanel Ad," 17 Aug. 2017 The boy, who has a snub nose and wondering hazel eyes, is not at all afraid. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Steven Spielberg at Seventy," 16 Jan. 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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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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