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

Definition of nutcracker

: an implement for cracking nuts

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Keep your ornamental Christmas nutcracker pristine for holiday display! Handheld torch. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Eight non-culinary tools you can use in the kitchen," 9 Aug. 2019 Flint has also hosted Broadway shows, local symphonies, nutcrackers, religious services and college graduations. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Photos: Where Steve Jobs introduced the original Apple Macintosh for the first time," 10 July 2019 This winter’s theme is ‘Selfridges Rocks Christmas,’ featuring Elvis Presley themed nutcrackers and David Bowie shaped tree baubles. James Brooks, The Seattle Times, "London department store launches Christmas shop _ in August," 6 Aug. 2018 An annual holiday tradition, the Nutcracker ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara, who on Christmas Eve travels to the Land of the Sweets with her enchanted nutcracker. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Sweden's Princess Leonore Is an Adorable Ballerina in the Nutcracker," 6 Dec. 2018 Between Halloween trees and Halloween nutcrackers, All Hallows' Eve just keeps coming up with ways to rival Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Ugly Halloween Sweaters Were Made For People Who Are Too Lazy to Dress Up," 10 Sep. 2018 Instead of a ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies,’ there will be a ‘Dance of the Frozen Daiquiris.’ Instead of wind-up dolls, there may be bottles of champagne that pop and a dancing nutcracker who does a striptease. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "How long can he go? A grandpa does ‘The Nutcracker’ for 4 decades," 14 Dec. 2017 From the lifesize nutcrackers, candy canes, Santa and an amazing nativity scene, this house is a perfect backdrop for holiday photos. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Naperville's dazzling holiday displays: What you need to know," 12 Dec. 2017 And the really neat thing about is that my younger daughter has the same love of the nutcracker ballet and my collection. Jill Sell,, "Northeast Ohioans share how they decorate their homes for the holidays and more," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of nutcracker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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