nut·​crack·​er | \ ˈnət-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce nutcracker (audio) \

Definition of nutcracker

: an implement for cracking nuts

Examples of nutcracker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this holiday classic, a toy nutcracker comes to life and transports a young girl to the Land of Sweets. Matthew J. Palm,, 24 Aug. 2021 In July, climbers cage the cones of those trees to foil the Clark’s nutcracker. Jim Morrison, Wired, 24 Dec. 2020 To order, call 305-929-7010 or go to Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 16 Dec. 2020 Seasonal activity packs, coloring pages, CYO ornaments, nutcracker magnets and more are available for youth, while supplies last., 11 Dec. 2020 Windows across the front of the shop recreate the story of the nutcracker, through mannequins dressed up in costumes from the ballet — plus a few products from MartinPatrick3 thrown in. Sheila Regan Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 But in a dream fantasy, a nutcracker comes to life as a soldier and battles marauding mice. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 28 Nov. 2020 Bakers are tasked with creating a 3-D nutcracker doll out of cookies. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2020 The encroachment of subalpine ecosystems threatens species that have lived in formerly alpine habitats for thousands of years, including trees such as whitebark pine, flowers such as moss campion, and birds such as Clark’s nutcracker. Mara Johnson-groh, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nutcracker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nutcracker was in the 15th century

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“Nutcracker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutcracker

: a tool or device that is used to open the shells of nuts


nut·​crack·​er | \ ˈnət-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce nutcracker (audio) \

Kids Definition of nutcracker

: a device used for cracking the shells of nuts

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