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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 Kylee is white and has long dark blonde hair, hazel eyes and pink braces on her teeth. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Amber Alert issued for 16-year-old girl missing from Royse City," 14 June 2020 Coifed and pretty, with a precise swipe of coral on her lips that brought out the gold flecks in her hazel eyes. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, "My mother’s childhood bout with polio paralyzed more than her body. I’ve spent much of my life trying to understand that paralysis.," 4 May 2020 Those sparkling hazel eyes were always looking for the good in people. John Stamos, Good Housekeeping, "John Stamos Writes to His Mom for Mother's Day: "I Miss You Madly"," 23 Apr. 2020 Appelbaum has hazel eyes and speaks with passion about the intricacies of financial engineering. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "How Private-Equity Firms Squeeze Hospital Patients for Profits," 9 Apr. 2020 Murphy is described as 5 feet and 8 inches tall, 157 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "St. Clair prison escapee, serving life for murder conviction, recaptured," 10 Mar. 2020 Police described him as white, about 6 feet tall and 125 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Dallas police searching for 27-year-old man missing since Monday," 4 Feb. 2020 Hazel: English, derived from the hazel tree and the hazelnut 85. Maria Del Russo, Woman's Day, "The Most Popular Baby Names, According To The US Social Security Admin," 22 July 2019 Tiffany, who will be 31 on March 17, is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs approximately 140 pounds, with long brown hair that is dyed blonde and hazel eyes. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family continues to search for mother of three Tiffany Smitherman Osborne said to have vanished after leaving her house in Midfield, Alabama," 9 Mar. 2020 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, "Indiana officers searching for missing 16-year-old girl," 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, "Family of slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth desperate for answers nearly eight years after her brutal murder," 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, "What happened to Jerrilynn Mullins? Woman’s death a mystery since 1978.," 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, "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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Hazel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazel. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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