nut·​crack·​er | \ˈnət-ˌkra-kər \

Definition of nutcracker 

: an implement for cracking nuts

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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 If all of the lights aren’t enough for you, Leavenworth is also the home of the Nutcracker Museum, which has more than 5,000 nutcrackers. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Take a virtual drive through the most Christmas-y town in America," 22 Dec. 2017 Sparkly nutcrackers from Clafoutis and gingerbread houses from the New York City Ballet placed around the base are whimsical and our girls love them. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Create a Dreamy Winter Wonderland Party," 20 Dec. 2017 There was a tall nutcracker leaning against a telephone poll, a couple of smiling polar bears, and a Mickey Mouse dressed in red and wrapped in colorful lights. Amanda Walker,, "Merry Christmas, Alabama," 19 Dec. 2017 Other decorations include giant nutcrackers leading to the front door, moving white reindeer, and, of course, the massive red polar bear. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "The Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Decorations Are as Over-the-Top as You Would Expect," 15 Dec. 2017

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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 \

Kids Definition of nutcracker

: a device used for cracking the shells of nuts

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