nut·​crack·​er ˈnət-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce nutcracker (audio)
: an implement for cracking nuts

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Clark’s nutcracker can hide thousands of seeds at a time and has passed tests of recall up to 285 days later. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2011 The blades are outfitted with a nutcracker, bottle opener, vegetable peeler, and even a screwdriver. Elizabeth Briskin, Popular Mechanics, 12 Jan. 2023 Her nutcracker collection is displayed in the living room too. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2022 This recommendation from The Times’ Deborah Vankin brings the holiday classic to life with projections and a life-size nutcracker, while maintaining dance performances and Tchaikovsky’s music. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Ribbons, bows, reindeer figurines, a nutcracker, and a small Santa statue surround the white fireplace mantel. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 15 Dec. 2022 Her performance gave her fans and followers a peek at her beautiful holiday decorations, including a massive tree, a life-size nutcracker and toy soldier, a staircase wrapped in garland, and more. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 13 Dec. 2022 The nutcracker later springs to life and whisks Clara away for dream adventures. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 7 Dec. 2022 The most prominent child characters are Marie, the tale’s heroine; Fritz, her naughty little brother; and Drosselmeier’s mysterious nephew, who transforms first into a nutcracker and then into a little prince. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Nutcracker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


nut·​crack·​er ˈnət-ˌkrak-ər How to pronounce nutcracker (audio)
: a device for cracking the shells of nuts

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